Councils are to blame

Members of Edale and Glossop Mountain Rescue teams working on a flooded hosuing estate in Salford
Members of Edale and Glossop Mountain Rescue teams working on a flooded hosuing estate in Salford
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I cannot imagine what it must feel like for my home to be flooded and my heart goes out to those whose homes and livelihoods have been devastated.

The Prime Minister was being criticised for not spending the same in the north as in the south, but is that fair? No it is not, it is our own councils that are to blame.

On Christmas Eve morning all low-lying roads in Owlerton were awash, a gulley cleaner was out doing what should have been an ongoing job since leaves started falling.

Owlerton was a traditional flood plain, I am sure there are others in Sheffield, and so should be a priority.

Repeated attempts to drain Penistone Road have failed and yet simply draining straight into the river only yards away would solve the problem.

The dropped kerb areas were also full of water meaning blind people following these would walk straight into ankle deep water.

I blame council planners not learning lessons from 2007 because it is 20 years since our house in Owlerton was flooded as a direct result of blocked gullies and nothing has changed.

The gullies hadn’t been cleaned in the four years we had owned the property.

The council said they had been cleaned annually because they had it recorded and so it must be right.

No it hadn’t because on a road with no off-street parking the cars parked on said road meant it couldn’t be cleaned and the council spokesperson said it wasn’t possible to temporarily close the road until it was done.

Guess what, they managed to arrange closure when it became flooded.

Oh and by the way it is leaves blocking the gullies that cause the most problems, so no I am not in favour of over large roadside trees.

S Thompson

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