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Tree Roots blocking culvert to Gainsbridge Brook

Reported via desktop in the Gully and Catchpits category anonymously at 11:03, Friday 23 April 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The Brook outside my property flooded recently, causing the road to become completely covered in water 3-4" deep. I tried to rod out the culvert that normally drains away to the Gainsbridge Brook, but could not. Highways attended with pumping Truck, and the blockage was cleared. However the blockage was caused (according to the driver) by tree roots groving into the culvert. The same problem caused a flood a few years ago (4?5?6? years ago), and the roots were cut out, the crew saying, at the time, that the culvert would be lined in order to prevent it happening again - at least for a long time. This was not done. Hence the problem has happened again. This needs doing, preferably before wetter autumnal weather arrives - the last blockage was only cleared to the extent that the water slowly dissipated - the roots were NOT cut out - by the autumn they will have regrown. This needs to be inspected and dealt with

Council ref: ENQ21893077

Asset ID: 290750103

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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 11:03, Friday 23 April 2021

  • So here we are, almost a month since the report - no response. Flooding is an issue at this (lowest) point in Little Milton; if the drains are allowed to become and remain blocked, then the road WILL flood, and the adjacent properties are put at risk.

    Posted anonymously at 09:28, Wednesday 19 May 2021

  • Still nothing done - nor any feedback to either this site or to the complainant - me!

    Posted by Paul Harrison at 20:03, Sunday 13 June 2021

  • I believe that the roots may have been cut, maybe. But no update here, or to me - my email is available. IF the roots have been cut, is the culvert going to be lined? This would solve the problem for many years, otherwise it will be the same again in about 3-4 years - Torres keep growing!!

    Posted by Paul Harrison at 11:39, Monday 12 July 2021

  • Major rainfall last night - Haseley Road completely flodded - abot 10cm deep across whole width - in front of Brookside Cottage. It drained fairly quickly, but if the culvert is not lined soon, the tree roots will grow back and the mud and stones that are wasdhed down the road and into the brook outside my house will cause it to block (again), and we will be back to where we were a few months ago. Why is there no response to these reports. What is the point of this site? I know things cannot be 'sorted' instantly, but surely some sort of update should be possible??

    Posted by Paul Harrison at 16:19, Tuesday

  • Thank you for your enquiry. The County Council is aware of the drainage issues here. Works have already been added to a program for a root cutting treatment. Following root cutting, further investigations may be required to determine whether pipe lining will be appropriate or if any additional excavation repairs are required. We appreciate that it is taking a long time to resolve this issue, however please may we emphasize that we currently have a vast list of similar issues across the County that are all fighting for resolution, therefore we will endeavor to attend and carry out the necessary works as soon as we can. Many thanks for your patience.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:05, Wednesday

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