Anger as drains still blocked 12 days after Canvey floods

Furious – Chris Harvey with one of the marked drain covers

Furious – Chris Harvey with one of the marked drain covers

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DRAINS across Canvey are still blocked – 12 days after the floods.

Furious residents say work to clear them should be done faster in case more wet weather strikes the island.

Essex Highways has marked drains that need clearing with a giant yellow cross.

Anglian Water and Essex Highways say they are tackling the problem, but, even though drains are being cleaned, many are still blocked.

The drain grilles are the responsibility of Essex Highways, with the pipes underneath the responsibility of Anglian Water.

Chris Harvey, 62, of Holbeck Road, said he called Essex County Council and its highways team came – but they painted crosses on the drains.

He said: “They told me the cross meant it had been cleaned, but when they put water through it to make sure it was clear, it wasn’t. They said that’s as far as they could go.

“As a customer, how are we to know, when we phone up, what needs doing? All we know is a drain is blocked. It’s just a mess.”

Mr Harvey said most of the drains along his road have been marked as blocked.

He said: “The alarming thing is the pipes in this road lead to the Croppenburg pumping station.

“We’ve been told the recent flooding was an unprecedented situation, but it happened last August.

“What will we do when it happens again?”

An Anglian Water spokesman said: “Our teams have already been in contact with customers on Canvey who raised flooding issues with us, to understand the problems and take any immediate action.

“We’re also working with other agencies responsible for parts of the drainage network to fully investigate the systems in Canvey, as well as supporting the recently announced Government study.

“This will include a full CCTV survey of our network over the next few weeks.

“Holbeck Road will be one of the first areas we visit to carry out this study and we’re aware other agencies are due to carry out remedial work here in the near future too.”

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7:50am Mon 4 Aug 14

Friendly Fire says...

Oh shut up moaning about some poxy drains.
Oh shut up moaning about some poxy drains. Friendly Fire
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7:54am Mon 4 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

Friendly Fire wrote:
Oh shut up moaning about some poxy drains.
some people will moan about anything, anyway here's hoping for torrential rain.....
[quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Oh shut up moaning about some poxy drains.[/p][/quote]some people will moan about anything, anyway here's hoping for torrential rain..... pembury53
  • Score: -14

1:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Jock37ng says...

pembury53 wrote:
Friendly Fire wrote:
Oh shut up moaning about some poxy drains.
some people will moan about anything, anyway here's hoping for torrential rain.....
Some people spend all day on here writing stupid comments. How sad. You should get out more.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Friendly Fire[/bold] wrote: Oh shut up moaning about some poxy drains.[/p][/quote]some people will moan about anything, anyway here's hoping for torrential rain.....[/p][/quote]Some people spend all day on here writing stupid comments. How sad. You should get out more. Jock37ng
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Another "FURIOUS" looking resident! posing away in his socks & Crocs! - bless him.
Another "FURIOUS" looking resident! posing away in his socks & Crocs! - bless him. Controversial1
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Also, he appears very confused by what the crosses on the drains actually mean.... and I quote......
"He said: “They told me the cross meant it had been cleaned"
and then....
"Mr Harvey said most of the drains along his road have been marked as blocked. "
Also, he appears very confused by what the crosses on the drains actually mean.... and I quote...... "He said: “They told me the cross meant it had been cleaned" and then.... "Mr Harvey said most of the drains along his road have been marked as blocked. " Controversial1
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

the25man says...

The drains gets blocked mostly with rubbish that people throw down.
The drains gets blocked mostly with rubbish that people throw down. the25man
  • Score: 0

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