‘Root-infested pipe’ causing flood misery

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<p>Activists are calling for a long-standing flooding problem in School Lane to be resolved (Image: Newsquest)</p>
<p>Civic leaders have vowed to address the flooding problem that has plagued part of Chandler’s Ford for several years.</p>
<p>Hampshire County Council has identified a “damaged and root-infested” pipe that is contributing to a long-standing problem on School Lane, one of the main roads through Valley Park.</p>
<p>The authority’s chief executive, Carolyn Williamson, has instructed the highway team to “prioritize” replacing the pipe.</p>
<p>The possible breach was greeted with caution by people living along a low-lying stretch of School Lane that is often flooded after heavy rain.</p>
<p>Daily Echo: Signs warning of flooding often appeared on School Lane after heavy rain</p>
<p><span class=Signs warning of flooding often appeared on School Lane after heavy rain (Image: Newsquest.)

Some of the worst incidents to date have occurred during the recent period of exceptionally wet weather.

Floods over the years have resulted in cars breaking down and drivers needing to be rescued. Other problems include roadway damage caused by vehicles climbing the curb to get through the water.

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Mark Anderson, of Salcombe Close, said: “Anytime it rains heavily I know there will be a problem.”

“We end up with a lake on the other side of School Lane. I can’t tell you how many times tankers have arrived to suck up the water.”

Regarding Sturm Henk, he added: “Last Thursday was terrible. You could see water rising up the garden.”

Daily Echo: Sidewalks were damaged by vehicles crossing the curb to get through the floodwaters

Daily Echo: Sidewalks were damaged by vehicles crossing the curb to get through the floodwaters

Sidewalks were damaged by vehicles crossing the curb to get through the flood water (Image: Newsquest.)

Other streets affected by the problem include Warwick Close, where houses are slightly below street level.

District councilor Alan Dowden said: “I have been pushing for major drainage works and have been very frustrated that no action has been taken.”

“Residents in Warwick Close panicked at Christmas as water threatened to overflow their driveways and into their homes. Now I have the certainty that something will be done.”

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Cllr Dowden has received an email from Ms Williamson in which she says the highways team is “well aware” of the issue.

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“A comprehensive survey and pressure washing has already been carried out to assess the condition of the system and highlight any areas requiring further investigation.

“A collapsed and root-infested section of pipe in School Lane will almost certainly exacerbate the flooding problem. This needs to be replaced.”

“I have asked that this work be prioritized, although you know there is currently high demand for highway services due to the significant impacts of Storm Henk.”

Mr Anderson added: “I’m pretty confident the issue will be resolved. But we want it to be solved once and for all.”

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