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Blocked gully

Reported in the Gully and Catchpits category by David Smith at 07:35, Wednesday 13 November 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 5 minutes later

In heavy rain the bus lane between Canterbury Road and Church Walk and is one very big puddle. Somewhere in there is a blocked gully.

Council ref: ENQ19847441

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 07:40, Wednesday 13 November 2019

  • The problem is still there, though not in the bus lane, but everyone's lane. The gully is not visible, but using a rake it would appear that the iron cover has broken and fallen in. Some vehicles care not about drenching the whole pavement. Yesterday the gully covers had all been cleared of leaves for the first time in years, apart from my own efforts.

    Posted by Dr Ben Knighton at 17:34, Thursday 14 November 2019

  • Thank you for your report.
    All storm drains link to main (storm) drains, which are maintained by Thames Water. Many of the storm mains are not large enough anymore for the capacity of water that can fall in flash flooding situations.
    Once the mains are full no further water can be drained away, and can sometimes cause water to surcharge back up the gully causing puddles to form around the gully or drain.
    Once it stops raining the storm main will slowly drain away meaning the current puddle will also drain away. If the issue persists once the rain has stopped then we can investigate further.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:13, Friday 15 November 2019

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