Too much housing... and now the drains can’t cope any more

Too much housing... and now the drains can’t cope any more

Too much housing... and now the drains can’t cope any more

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CANVEY’S MP has secured a meeting with Government ministers in the aftermath of some of the worst flooding since 1953.

Blocked drains caused big problems, while the Environment Agency’s pumps failed after a lightning strike.

It said they were off for 12 minutes before a back-up generator kicked in – a claim strongly criticised by residents who said it was off for much longer.

Rebecca Harris, Tory MP for Castle Point, will meet with ministers today after the latest flood, which follows a similar one last August.

She added: “There are so many concerns about whether the pumps are working and whether the drains were cleared.

“I have been talking to the Environment Agency and I have told it I want a full investigation to find out what happened.

“It’s absolutely appalling for people who have had their homes flooded. I’m so upset for them.

“It’s clear Canvey cannot deal with any more large scale housing.”

She will be asking for funding for investment in the pump system and dealing with the effects of flooding.

Canvey’s sea defences were dubbed the best in the country in December after the worst tidal surge in 60 years passed without incident on the island.

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes in north Essex, but on Canvey, where 59 people died in 1953, there was no flooding or disruption.

Last year, more than £3.8million was spent improving flood barriers at Fobbing, Benfleet and East Haven Creek, which all provide extra protection for the island, which lies below sea level.

However, the last two major floods have raised questions about whether the island can cope with major rainfall.

Ray Howard, county councillor for Canvey and a 1953 flood survivor, said: “I know I have to take criticism from people who are upset, but I have to say I’ve never seen three inches of rain fall in just over two hours.

“There has been a lot of change since last August, during the last flooding, and the sea defences are working. But we didn’t expect to get this much rain.

“The drains will have to be cleared more often.

“But I can throw some of the criticism back to the public. As someone who lives near a McDonald’s, I have seen people just throw their fast food litter on the ground. And where does that go? Down the drains.

“The public have got to start playing their part too.”

He added: “We have got to look at the surface water aspect. We will be looking at clearing more drains on a rota basis and putting a programme together for the future.”

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8:58am Wed 23 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Overnight, someone has been posting as me on this website. Usually this moron posts under my name with perhaps a digit or two wrong but this time they have posted under my exact name.

The post appeared on the noisy biker story among a lot of other pseudonyms. I believe this to be the work of resident idiot I Hate the Police, who masquerades under several other pseudonyms and is distinct by bad spelling, zero punctuation and grammar.

Anybody who has read and responded to this, believing it to be me is just as thick and I therefore regard you with similar contempt.

This is yet another attempt to scare me off posting and yet again, has fallen flat on its face.

I will continue to post here, regardless of idiots who try to emulate me. And if you numpties cannot recognise the difference between my prose and this braindead's usual ill spelt, ill thought out drivel, then you are just as stupid, aren't you John Right and co.

Just thought I'd point it out as you are all obviously as thick as a brick.

As for this story, absolutely right. Canvey needs sorting out and definitely does not need further housing. Much of it is marshland anyway and the road onto the island totally inadequate in terms of taking more traffic.

I was down there the other day and the place was like a swamp. Unbelievable, with police road blocks and whole swathes of road system underwater.

If we stopped forking out £55m plus a day on EU membership and millions more in foreign aid and started spending money on our own citizens, perhaps something worthwhile could be done instead of just talking about it.
Overnight, someone has been posting as me on this website. Usually this moron posts under my name with perhaps a digit or two wrong but this time they have posted under my exact name. The post appeared on the noisy biker story among a lot of other pseudonyms. I believe this to be the work of resident idiot I Hate the Police, who masquerades under several other pseudonyms and is distinct by bad spelling, zero punctuation and grammar. Anybody who has read and responded to this, believing it to be me is just as thick and I therefore regard you with similar contempt. This is yet another attempt to scare me off posting and yet again, has fallen flat on its face. I will continue to post here, regardless of idiots who try to emulate me. And if you numpties cannot recognise the difference between my prose and this braindead's usual ill spelt, ill thought out drivel, then you are just as stupid, aren't you John Right and co. Just thought I'd point it out as you are all obviously as thick as a brick. As for this story, absolutely right. Canvey needs sorting out and definitely does not need further housing. Much of it is marshland anyway and the road onto the island totally inadequate in terms of taking more traffic. I was down there the other day and the place was like a swamp. Unbelievable, with police road blocks and whole swathes of road system underwater. If we stopped forking out £55m plus a day on EU membership and millions more in foreign aid and started spending money on our own citizens, perhaps something worthwhile could be done instead of just talking about it. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

9:14am Wed 23 Jul 14

Bettycraven says...

McDonalds staff are always out picking up the rubbish that lazy scumbags just throw onto the floor. So no, it's not McDonald's packaging that is blocking the drains.
McDonalds staff are always out picking up the rubbish that lazy scumbags just throw onto the floor. So no, it's not McDonald's packaging that is blocking the drains. Bettycraven
  • Score: 9

10:06am Wed 23 Jul 14

_Lotus_ says...

Too many houses and flats in particular being built in too small an area. Paved over areas, not allowing water to drain away sufficiently is another reason.

Look around, you will see continual, flat and apartment building in progress wherever you go, something has to give and in this case, it is the drains, they really cannot cope at all anymore.
Too many houses and flats in particular being built in too small an area. Paved over areas, not allowing water to drain away sufficiently is another reason. Look around, you will see continual, flat and apartment building in progress wherever you go, something has to give and in this case, it is the drains, they really cannot cope at all anymore. _Lotus_
  • Score: 23

3:24pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Conison says...

We cleared out our blocked drain a few weeks back, full of nappies, facial wipes (they don't dissolve) amongst other things. We had to spend ages trying to clear our drain - finally it all went but has probably gone to the next stage of the sewage network and blocked that up. More education needed for people re depositing nappies down the bog???
We cleared out our blocked drain a few weeks back, full of nappies, facial wipes (they don't dissolve) amongst other things. We had to spend ages trying to clear our drain - finally it all went but has probably gone to the next stage of the sewage network and blocked that up. More education needed for people re depositing nappies down the bog??? Conison
  • Score: 13

3:40pm Wed 23 Jul 14

beejiu says...

Says the family with a driveway. Of course it couldn't be them, that have concreted over nature's sponge, it must be those eating at McDonald's causing all the problems.
Says the family with a driveway. Of course it couldn't be them, that have concreted over nature's sponge, it must be those eating at McDonald's causing all the problems. beejiu
  • Score: 0

5:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

danny_mckenny says...

Ray Howard has not got a clue the flooding has nothing to do with McDonald's rubbish. Maybe has something to do with the pumps were not turned on due to the closest person able to turn them on being in Wickford then the next closest being in Chelmsford. This was told to us by a Police Officer.

Which may have been a problem due to both roads onto the island being closed so please stop treating us like idiots and own up there needs to be improvements made and now. There are people suffering because of this so less excuses and more solutions please
Ray Howard has not got a clue the flooding has nothing to do with McDonald's rubbish. Maybe has something to do with the pumps were not turned on due to the closest person able to turn them on being in Wickford then the next closest being in Chelmsford. This was told to us by a Police Officer. Which may have been a problem due to both roads onto the island being closed so please stop treating us like idiots and own up there needs to be improvements made and now. There are people suffering because of this so less excuses and more solutions please danny_mckenny
  • Score: 15

6:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

the25man says...

It makes no difference how clean or how many drains there are if they get filled with water flooding will occur. Once the rain stops the water flows down the drains, but puddles are left behind.
It makes no difference how clean or how many drains there are if they get filled with water flooding will occur. Once the rain stops the water flows down the drains, but puddles are left behind. the25man
  • Score: 4

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