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Call for survey of sewage network after floods
ANGLIAN Water must carry out full surveys of its sewage network along Southend seafront to stop flooding, council leaders have warned.
Councillors have called for condition checks after water overloaded the sewage and drainage system during heavy rainfall last Friday.
It came after August’s deluge which led to severe flooding as a month’s worth of rain in a few hours.
Martin Terry, Southend Independent group leader, claims the firm is “in denial” over its equipment and needs to identify and repair faults before more flooding.
He said: “I am going to stir this up.
We need to bang some heads together.
Anglian Water, through a lack of monitoring and planning, is putting homes and even lives at risk.
“Unless it updates its system there is a huge risk. Whenever heavy rain coincides with a high tide we are going to see this again and again.
“We need an audit on all the pipes going into the sea from the Golden Mile to Thorpe Bay. All the areas that are at or below sea level are most at risk.”
Mr Terry insisted the company needs to invest in improvements.
He added: “In 2003 there were serious floods, but they just put an extra storage tank under Southchurch Park East and it is clearly not adequate.
After these floods they built the Victoria Garden Estate and it overloaded the system. Some houses in Victoria Road flooded in 2003 and this August and are making their second insurance claim. In future they may be denied any insurance.”
A spokesman for Anglian Water refuted the need for a major survey and said more than £1million a day was spent on maintaining the network.
A spokesman said: “We are constantly carrying out routine as well as detailed maintenance of our network.
This is an ongoing programme across the whole of our region.
Surveys and maintenance work are not done as a one off.”
The firmalso said the network performed well during last Friday’s rain.
Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “All the tidelocks and surface water over-pumps on the seafront worked as they’re designed to during last week’s storm.”
But he revealed flooding was bad in Thorpe Hall Avenue, Thorpe Bay, because of a burst water main and one of two stormpumps has been out of action since August. A replacement costing tens of thousands of pounds has been ordered, but has yet to be installed.
He added: “We accept having only one pump working here did mean flood water wasn’t able to drain away as quickly as we’d usually expect.”
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