Reported via desktop in the Blocked drain category by Mr David Aitken at 11:58, Monday 25 September 2023
Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5028618.
Hopefully, this potential disaster can be averted and whilst we are insured, the fact remains that if asked for cause and effect, it is patently obvious on the basis of historical evidence, that the theoretical damage could have been avoided with adequate maintenance. As said, this situation has been ongoing however, some years ago, BCC rectified the issue by unblocking the ‘route cause’ of the problem which was as I understand it was a blocked storm drainpipe (marked 1) that is designed to disperse excess water coming from the main highway the A404 downwards into a precut large culvert. Again, once this work was last done, there was NO excess water coming onto the road and consequentially, there was NO slurry or debris coming down the road. Clearly, since this maintenance was last done, there has been an excessive build up again suggesting that the large drain (marked 1) is again blocked up thus not allowing the excess water from the elevated A404 to be dispersed as it should. In my opinion, because the main drain is silted up and blocked, as soon as there is heavy rain, the excess water can’t flow into the culverts and is simply backing up resulting in the problems described. The culverts that are engineered to divert the excessive water from the A404 work very well providing that the routing is free of obstruction. Reiterating, that after BCC’s last visit some years ago, the problem described was rectified. I have reported this on several occasions via Fix my Street and the last negative response had a reference of Enquiry 40180884. This matter has become progressively worse and, as you will see from the photos, during the past 7 days, the excess water coming out of the drain marked x, has been so excessive as to actually lift the cover out of it mounting! I’m no engineer but the reoccurring problems are ‘the same’, there is a serious blockage which is NOT allowing the excess water from the busy A404 to be dissipated as it was designed to do, once it is cleared
This has been passed to the Local Area Technician to investigate.
We know that an important part of any road network is the drainage system which is designed to carry water away from the road surface. Even when a gully is clean and well maintained it will only cope with a certain volume of water at one time, a sudden and heavy downpour can still cause flooding especially if the road is in a low lying area.
Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 11:58, Monday 25 September 2023
We have completed our inspection of the issue and have made arrangements for it to be resolved within 6-8 weeks.
Please be assured, we will continue to monitor the area in line with our Highways Safety Inspection Policy.
State changed to: Action scheduled
Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 12:03, Tuesday 10 October 2023
This report is now closed to updates. You can make a new report in the same location.