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RAIN AND DRAINS: Ricky plagued by flooding issues

 Published on: 25th January 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

A number of flooding issues have been reported across Rickmansworth this winter.

At the beginning of January, Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) briefly closed Rickmansworth Aquadrome after concerns for pedestrian safety were raised due to flooding.

Meanwhile, the underpass between Uxbridge Road and Rectory Road was rendered completely out of action following heavy rainfall. The underpass was later cleared when engineers fixed a broken pump controlling water flow from an underground spring.

Councillor for Rickmansworth East and Oxhey Park Reena Ranger OBE and Gagan Mohindra, MP for South West Hertfordshire, met on January 15 to discuss recurrent flooding and drainage issues.

Cllr Ranger explained that the council is liaising with the Environment Agency, Affinity Water, Thames Water and private landowners to determine a solution to the issues.

Cllr Ranger said: “It’s not usually as simple as drain blockages. Land ownership is often complicated, and sometimes people buy land without realising it brings with it responsibility for flood mitigation. Other times, it’s about figuring out which water company is the relevant authority.”

This comes after Hertfordshire County Council recently made an additional £10million available to drainage funds.

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