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Overgrown ditch on a404 causing flooding in garden

Reported via desktop in the Ditch issue category anonymously at 16:49, Tuesday 2 April 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5797153.

Picture attached. The ditch outside of Juniper Cottage HP7 0NE is no longer working and causing flooding in the garden. This needs urgent attention please.

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  • 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. As a general rule ditches along the side of the road are the responsibility of whoever owns the land on which they are situated, they should maintain and keep the ditch capable of carrying water away from the road.

    The Highway Officer will carry out an inspection within 10 days and if it is the responsibility of Buckinghamshire Council and work is required, we will raise and order and have the work done.

    If the responsibility is with the landowner, we will not use taxpayers money to carry out the work, we will write to the land owner and request they carry out the necessary work on their land.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 16:49, Tuesday 2 April 2024

  • Update

    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, this generally clears away over a matter of hours.

    If the water has not cleared within 24 hours please call us on 0300 131 6000, our team will log this as an emergency, out of hours you will be redirected the out of hours emergency team.

    Our priority during flash flooding is to protect the public who are using the highway, we will only respond to requests to provide sandbags in extreme emergencies to specific locations, please note we have no statutory duty to provide them.

    You can buy sandbags from most DIY stores; however, you should be aware.

    • They are heavy and can therefore be difficult to handle.
    • They retain sewage when they come into contact with floodwater.
    • The bag material used is biodegradable and will disintegrate if left in contact with water for long periods of time.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure they are removed when no longer needed.

    The National Flood Forum recommends you use flood resistant products to help prevent water from entering the property.

    Further information can be found on our Website regarding flooding issues and who to contact in the event your business or property is flooded

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 11:05, Tuesday

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