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FLOOD FEARS: Chorleywood councillors call for solution to constant road flooding

 Published on: 26th January 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two councillors are calling for Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) to find a solution for the drainage issues on Long Lane in Chorleywood and Rickmansworth.

Due to the flooding on the road, many drivers instead drive onto the nearby verges.

Chorleywood South and Maple Cross councillors Phil Williams and Raj Khiroya are now campaigning for the drainage system to be overhauled.

Cllr Williams said: “This has been going on for more than a decade. Every couple of years, Herts Highways clear the blockage out of the top of the drains, but this has no long-term effect. These drains need a complete overall.”

Cllr Khiroya added: “I often see vehicles driving over the dividing verge and some get stuck in the mud on the verge or the carriageway itself.”

A spokesperson for HCC said: “We have carried out routine maintenance on the gulley system, however we believe that there is merit in undertaking further investigations to ascertain if the system as a whole is operating as expected.

“We will therefore look to undertake a full review of the drainage in this area commencing in the new financial year and give consideration to progressing any improvements, where justified.

“In addition to this, the gullies have been cleaned routinely. The area is prone to silting up as the water feeds off from the M25.

“A new soakaway has been added in the area of the green island on Long Lane, due to there being a high water table, and recent weather has meant that the soakaway has not been able to manage the excess water. A thorough clean was undertaken in 2019.”

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