Recently, a drama on Whitchurch Lane in Hartcliffe made it to the national and international headlines. What happened? Whitchurch Lane literally went under 5 feet of murky floodwaters and left people estimating the damages to their submerged cars. Residents of Whitchurch Lane bore the brunt of the floodwaters that were brought about by Storm Angus.
According to some residents who have lived in the area for four decades, flooding of this magnitude has never been experienced. It seemed that all of sudden the waters have heightened with train cancellations and road delays. The Bristol City Council as well as the Environment Agency assessed the situation and found out that the chaos was triggered by a mixture of blocked gullies and drains that failed to cope with the excess waters.
In a joint statement, both agencies said that the blocked trash screens that were supposed to capture leaf debris and rubbish including the intense rainfall that overwhelmed the water drains resulted into unusual flooding in Whitchurch Lane. Bristol City Council admitted its responsibility over the highway drains. The council is cooperating with the Environment Agency to manage the frustrating flooding events. Build-up of debris on the grills has been cleared to ensure that rainwater resulting from storms will be fully drained from the area.
The drains were unable to cope up with the large volume of water in an extremely short space of time. Heavy rain and debris build-up on the grills resulted into the stream overflowing and combining with surface water so as to overwhelm the drainage systems on the highway. The water has been cleared and the residents are hoping that the situation will not recur after extreme weather events in the future. According to The Post, 40 tonnes of leaves have been cleared from the city of Bristol.
No job is too large for drain cleaners. Drainage issues can be solved immediately with proper equipment and trained staff. However, the drains have to be maintained otherwise the same situation may recur in the near future. Regular checking is suggested so that drains will remain healthy even in the presence of extremely large amounts of water.