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Massive lake in Main Street Forest Hill that forms after rain but takes days to disperse

Reported in the Drainage category by Chris Goffey at 10:07, Tuesday 14 January 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

For over a year now, water has collected - up to six inches deep whenever we have heavy rain on the dip in Main Street between the village hall and the farm. You have jetted the drains in the past, but the problem has been getting worse and worse. Pedestrians have difficulty accessing the drive to our house, Field House and the other two properties up the drive unless they are in wellies, and people walking the footpath complain about being splashed by passing vehicles. The lake persists for several days , and even the dustmen complain about retrieving wheelie bins in several inches of water. Please come and have a look - I think it requires work on the soakaway opposite our drive that drains into the fields.

Council ref: ENQ20853426

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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 10:10, Tuesday 14 January 2020

  • These images taken today show the extent of the deep storm water ponding. It is about 100m in length. Some drivers walk the length of the flooding to check the depth before driving through. This recurring flooding problem must be resolved without further delay. A drainage channel/culver can be constructed across the footpath/verge on the west side of Main Street to create a run-off into the open field beyond.

    Posted by W Akielan at 17:25, Wednesday 15 January 2020

  • Thank you for reporting this issue. The gully issue/blockage will be included in our forthcoming gully cleansing programme. As there is a limited budget, we have to prioritise high flood risk areas. Sometimes it is the volume of water that falls, and our drains are unable to cope, but the water eventually disperses. We will continue to monitor this on our routine inspections. Regards

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 20:56, Sunday 19 January 2020

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