Engineer blames Ewell's flood on failure to clean out drains

This Is Local London: Graeme Hitching, a former technician for a multinational engineering company,  at the scene Graeme Hitching, a former technician for a multinational engineering company, at the scene

An engineer has blamed Ewell's flood on a failure to clean out drains and widen water courses.

Flooding has inundated the pavement and part of the road outside Bourne Hall Park at the end of the high street for over a month.

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Graeme Hitching, a former technician for a multinational engineering company, said workmen with pumps at the site confirmed that the flooding was because Surrey County Council had not cleaned the road drains.

He said sluice gates were only opened last Friday and the council needs to take action to unblock pipes under the road and suck the sediment out of highway drains.

He said: "Firstly, there are blocked drains in the carriageway, which would alleviate the flooding if they were to be cleaned out.

"Secondly, the body of water by the monument, behind the bus stop is flowing into the lake.

"Therefore, by even the simplest of reasoning, boring a hole between the two would lower the level outside Bourne Hall and hence stop the flooding.

"Thirdly, in the long-term, there needs to be widening of the water course under Kingston Road, adjacent to the old ford and under the mill itself.

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"One of the water courses has reduced flow due to vegetation, the other has remnants of the old water management system partially blocking it.

"Doing these simple and cheap improvements may not win votes, but compared to other capital projects, these would actually benefit the community."

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "The main problem here is that when the levels of water in the pools either side of London Road are as high as they have been for several weeks, the water on the road loses its chief escape route.

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"However, we are very aware of the part the highways drainage may play, and before the flooding began we were already investigating it and had made a change to see if this would help clear water on the Bourne Hall side of the road.

"We are working with the borough council to see whether there are any blockages within the Bourne Hall site that are stopping water getting into the Hogsmill River and away and if necessary will also request the Environment Agency's involvement."

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8:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

wallygrumdrops says...

I disagree with this outcome from this comment. I have been a civil engineer for over 28 years working on drainage issues and highways issues. The drains from the highway are in working order and recently Surrey County Council installed Acko grills across the footpath where the bus stops. I've also been there when the drains were cleaned last month and all working fine. The water levels are above the pipe inlets therefore water from the highway cannot flow towards the stream. As a third party I would gladly meet this Technician and prove his findings are wrong!! Please reply so we can arrange a site meeting!!
I disagree with this outcome from this comment. I have been a civil engineer for over 28 years working on drainage issues and highways issues. The drains from the highway are in working order and recently Surrey County Council installed Acko grills across the footpath where the bus stops. I've also been there when the drains were cleaned last month and all working fine. The water levels are above the pipe inlets therefore water from the highway cannot flow towards the stream. As a third party I would gladly meet this Technician and prove his findings are wrong!! Please reply so we can arrange a site meeting!! wallygrumdrops

11:38pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Liberals are deluded says...

Well we know that local government and central government are happy to spend tax payers money on overseas projects than help their own. Nothing but traitors! They'll get their comeuppance.
Well we know that local government and central government are happy to spend tax payers money on overseas projects than help their own. Nothing but traitors! They'll get their comeuppance. Liberals are deluded

12:21am Thu 20 Feb 14

EwellMan says...

40 years living in Ewell with some years that have rain at least 80% what we have seen this year and never seen flooding in this place.

Definately a mix of drainage issues and that fact that Bourne Hall was Clay lined some years ago.
40 years living in Ewell with some years that have rain at least 80% what we have seen this year and never seen flooding in this place. Definately a mix of drainage issues and that fact that Bourne Hall was Clay lined some years ago. EwellMan

7:54am Sat 22 Feb 14

Juan2013 says...

Just looks like one big pr exercise by Epsom and Ewell who are passing the blame
Just looks like one big pr exercise by Epsom and Ewell who are passing the blame Juan2013

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