New housing estate to blame for flooding my house

Worcester News: WATER-DAMAGED: Joan Green with sandbags outside her Dines Green home. Picture by Nick Toogood. 5112209104 WATER-DAMAGED: Joan Green with sandbags outside her Dines Green home. Picture by Nick Toogood. 5112209104

A PENSIONER whose home has started flooding for the first time in 60 years says a new estate is to blame.

Muddy water seeped into Joan Green’s house in Tudor Way, Dines Green, Worcester, for the second time this year on Thursday.

The mother-of-six had to call in the fire service to help her clear up the mess when torrents of water cascaded down her garden path.

The 83-year-old had just finished the clean-up from the last flood, having decorated and put down new carpets.

She told your Worcester News she had never flooded before a new estate – Earls Court Farm – was built on land behind her home by developers Redrow.

The grandmother-of-10 said: “I heard a terrific gushing noise and water was coming into the house. I had to ring the fire brigade and the water went up to their knees. The first time it happened in the summer I was in hospital. “This is the second time it’s come into the house and the third time we’ve had flood waters. I don’t know what I would have done if my son Nigel hadn’t been here. I don’t need it. It’s more of a nightmare because we’ve never had it before.”

County and city councillor for the area Richard Udall has called on builders Redrow to urgently act to prevent further flooding.

He said: “Mrs Green has had enough, she is at the end of her tether, she must suffer no more. Redrow need to take urgent action to divert water away from her property and do so now. No ifs, buts or excuses, they need to act.”

Coun Udall said he would write to Redrow seeking its support and a firm commitment to put in place measures to prevent further incidents.

A spokesman for Redrow Homes (Midlands) said: “We were contacted by Age Concern on [Thursday] morning regarding flooding at a property on Tudor Way. We immediately sent a member of our technical team to site.

“We cannot be certain yet as to the cause of the flooding but our investigations are on-going and we [had] already taken some precautionary measures [on Thursday].

“We extend our sincere sympathies to any residents affected by flooding during the recent unprecedented weather conditions.”

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8:52pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Jabbadad says...

How sad to have just got over a previous flood to suffer again. Although a little too late it seems that the builders are showing concern, as well they might.
But also planners have to take note as do developers who are building on green fields which once absorbed rain & surface water, should have to show more concern over drainage, and install better land drainage, not just the minimum.
If you consider the amount of rain we have had these past months, and with the ground being waterlogged, the rain which normally was absorbed by the soil in a natural way, has nowhere to go but to remain as surface water and just take the easiest way, which sadly is down slopes and hard standings such as patios until it finally gets to its natural water course, but affecting any properties in its way..
How sad to have just got over a previous flood to suffer again. Although a little too late it seems that the builders are showing concern, as well they might. But also planners have to take note as do developers who are building on green fields which once absorbed rain & surface water, should have to show more concern over drainage, and install better land drainage, not just the minimum. If you consider the amount of rain we have had these past months, and with the ground being waterlogged, the rain which normally was absorbed by the soil in a natural way, has nowhere to go but to remain as surface water and just take the easiest way, which sadly is down slopes and hard standings such as patios until it finally gets to its natural water course, but affecting any properties in its way.. Jabbadad

11:17pm Sat 22 Dec 12

pronstar says...

I agree with jabbadad, the new estate is in an elevated position and Redrow should have ensured that they built in sufficient drainage to avoid this flooding in Tudor Way.

They should be paying Mrs Green and any other victims of their apparent negligence some severe compensation.
I agree with jabbadad, the new estate is in an elevated position and Redrow should have ensured that they built in sufficient drainage to avoid this flooding in Tudor Way. They should be paying Mrs Green and any other victims of their apparent negligence some severe compensation. pronstar

4:29am Sun 23 Dec 12

Andy1955 says...

I was born in Grenville Rd then moved to Tudor way.. Just before the Island No 30 I think!!.. I can remember water running down the road as a child, and duck boards the only way across,,I'm talking 50 years ago! that was caused by something to do with the brook.. I would be interesting to know if anybody else remembers.
I was born in Grenville Rd then moved to Tudor way.. Just before the Island No 30 I think!!.. I can remember water running down the road as a child, and duck boards the only way across,,I'm talking 50 years ago! that was caused by something to do with the brook.. I would be interesting to know if anybody else remembers. Andy1955

7:43am Sun 23 Dec 12

topjock1972 says...

Andy1955 wrote:
I was born in Grenville Rd then moved to Tudor way.. Just before the Island No 30 I think!!.. I can remember water running down the road as a child, and duck boards the only way across,,I'm talking 50 years ago! that was caused by something to do with the brook.. I would be interesting to know if anybody else remembers.
1955 the area was flooded
[quote][p][bold]Andy1955[/bold] wrote: I was born in Grenville Rd then moved to Tudor way.. Just before the Island No 30 I think!!.. I can remember water running down the road as a child, and duck boards the only way across,,I'm talking 50 years ago! that was caused by something to do with the brook.. I would be interesting to know if anybody else remembers.[/p][/quote]1955 the area was flooded topjock1972

10:19am Sun 23 Dec 12

Jabbadad says...

Well that information has given the builders enough reason to do sweat nothing.
Well that information has given the builders enough reason to do sweat nothing. Jabbadad

10:19am Sun 23 Dec 12

Jabbadad says...

or even sweet nothing.
or even sweet nothing. Jabbadad

1:00pm Sun 23 Dec 12

take a deep breath says...

I walk those Earls Court fields regularly and it was obvious to me that the new Redrow estate will cause a watershed. There will also be a problem with Redrow houses on the King's Park section; they are built in a dip right near the ancient water run-offs from the fields. Water runs down there and I will guarantee that they get flooded. Most, maybe all, councillors on the planning committee don't live in the area, they have no local knowledge to go by, they see nice houses on a submitted plan and go "oooh they look nice". I was there when they passed the plans for Redrow and heard the collective "ooooooooh". I shrank in my seat!!! "ooooooooh" wins the day.
I walk those Earls Court fields regularly and it was obvious to me that the new Redrow estate will cause a watershed. There will also be a problem with Redrow houses on the King's Park section; they are built in a dip right near the ancient water run-offs from the fields. Water runs down there and I will guarantee that they get flooded. Most, maybe all, councillors on the planning committee don't live in the area, they have no local knowledge to go by, they see nice houses on a submitted plan and go "oooh they look nice". I was there when they passed the plans for Redrow and heard the collective "ooooooooh". I shrank in my seat!!! "ooooooooh" wins the day. take a deep breath

2:11pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Jabbadad says...

I recall when Sainsbury tried to get planning for change of use for Homebase in Hylton Road to a food store all sorts of reasons were rolled out which I believe mentioned a Red Zone which meant flooding and again when another supermarket chain tried for planning for a store on Smiths old Market site in Hylton Road which included building on stilts and a huge overflow sump for surface water, the same refusal. So surely with the apparent changes in the conditions from the weather this year the planners will have to go back to the drawing Board or better still seek sound local knowledge, as above..
I recall when Sainsbury tried to get planning for change of use for Homebase in Hylton Road to a food store all sorts of reasons were rolled out which I believe mentioned a Red Zone which meant flooding and again when another supermarket chain tried for planning for a store on Smiths old Market site in Hylton Road which included building on stilts and a huge overflow sump for surface water, the same refusal. So surely with the apparent changes in the conditions from the weather this year the planners will have to go back to the drawing Board or better still seek sound local knowledge, as above.. Jabbadad

11:00am Mon 24 Dec 12

zx12r says...

As I sit watching the traffic once again queued from Comer Road to back past the Ice Works, one idea comes to mind. Call in Derek Bodger, he'll sort it.
As I sit watching the traffic once again queued from Comer Road to back past the Ice Works, one idea comes to mind. Call in Derek Bodger, he'll sort it. zx12r

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