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Can’t council help solve my flooding nightmare?
8:00am Saturday 11th August 2012 in Cotswolds
AN Evesham woman has demanded action after months of flooding behind her home.
Jeni Long, of Common Road, told the Journal that almost every time there is heavy rain, her garage and car, to the rear of her home, are left in several feet of standing water.
After about three months of being surrounded by water due to the wet summer, she is now calling for something to be done by Wychavon District Council.
“I need to make the public aware of the flooding nightmare,”
said Ms Long.
“Since we have had all the rain over the last few months I’ve been pretty much surrounded by water and the council still have no solution.”
Ms Long says that the problem became worse after a housing development called Robins Corner was built by Bloor Homes on the former Evesham United Football Club ground in 2008.
“Since the building of the new estate, nearly every time it rains my garage and car get flooded,” said Ms Long. “The worst of it started in May when the level outside my garage reached worrying levels.
“To add to the stress, I came home on Wednesday, July 18, to find the water had made it into my garage and damaged my property.”
Wychavon District Council acknowledged the land to the rear of Common Road was prone to standing water but said that since the area was developed the material used had compacted, reducing water drainage.
Peter Head, property and project manager for Wychavon, said they were aware of the problems and were in contact with “a concerned resident”.
He said: “The problem has been worsened by the unseasonably wet weather and waterlogged ground.
“Our engineers have surveyed the access road and adjoining run-off ditch, which it’s hoped may take some of the surface water. We’re also working with other organisations to find a solution to the standing water.”
Mark Shipley from Bloor Homes said the company hadn’t done work in the area for two years and everything on the site was done in order with Wychavon planning guidelines.