action after rain storm causes flood damage
rain in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week has cost businesses thousands
of pounds with many calling for improved maintenance of drains
in the town centre.
inches of torrential rain fell in a short space of time last Tuesday
(August 5th) as we reported here,
causing flooding in several shops and businesses.
YMCA charity shop on Burnham High Street remains closed (as pictured
above) after suffering flooding. It is closed while repairs to
its floors are undertaken.
99p store next door in the High Street also suffered costly damage
after a deluge of water came in from the pavements outside, although
industrial driers and dehumidifiers provided by Wessex Water have
enabled it to remain open.
Julie Simmons told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The drains in the
town centre need a proper clean to avoid this happening again.
We had several inches of water come into the shop for a second
year running - the same thing happened in a storm last August
- so there is a real problem here."
Tolley, who runs a photography shop in nearby Abingdon Street,
also saw his studio flooded. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Many
of the drains in the town centre have been blocked and not properly
cleaned for years, so they were unable to handle the volume of
want to see proper cleaning of the street drains carried out frequently,
but neither Somerset County Council mor Wessex Water seem to be
taking responsibility for this despite several days of telephone
calls from myself and other businesses."
Somerset County Council spokesman said on Friday: "We received
several calls about localised flooding this week due to extreme
heavy rainfall over a very short period of time. We have inspected
the site around Lynton Road and the High Street and believe the
capacity of the highway drainage was exceeded for a short time
due to the intensity of the rainfall."
gullies have been checked and are clear and we will arrange for
the pipes to be jetted to ensure any silt or debris is washed
Wessex Water spokesman added: "There were a couple of properties
that were flooded in the High Street area of Burnham this week.
We visited the properties affected and helped with the clean up.
We are investigating the cause of the flooding."
Chamber of Trade says it supports the traders' calls for drainage
cleaning improvements in the town centre and is also taking up
Flooding in the town centre this week (photos: Andrew Sargent
and Nick Tolley)
A drain blocked with leaves in Burnham's Abingdon Street
Burnham's YMCA charity shop is still closed after this week's
rain caused flooding