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Work to prevent West Norfolk road flooding still not done




Work to prevent flooding on a residential road in West Norfolk has still not been completed over a month after it was anticipated to finish.

Last month, the Lynn News reported that residents in Waterman's Way in Salters Lode experience a build-up of water on their street every time it rains, causing damage to their homes and cars, and stopping people from getting around the village.

Flooding at Salters Lode. Photo: SUBMITTED. (2221316)
Flooding at Salters Lode. Photo: SUBMITTED. (2221316)

At the time, a spokesman for Norfolk County Council said the authority had tried to cleanse the system of pipes under the road, but an excavation needed to be carried out to resolve the issue.

The spokesman said the work to sort out the problem was due to be completed by mid-April.

But more than a month since then and the road is still flooding and the work has only just begun.

Carol Nichols, who is one of the residents affected by the flooding, said: "They have dug up a bit of dirt and put bollards round it.

"This has been going on now for around 20 years, it's ridiculous."

Mrs Nichols said she feared that the issues with the road are also affecting the ability for emergency situations to be dealt with as quickly and effectively as possible.

"Five weeks ago my mother-in-law was taken very ill and the ambulance had trouble getting through," she added.

Speaking last month, Mrs Nichols said: "I can't walk from my house to my neighbours' without my wellies on.

"We are all getting totally frustrated about this matter. What is the point in paying council tax when we have this, plus no street lights or footpaths to get into town.

"We have nothing but we are paying the same as people who live in Downham Market town itself, I feel like we are being fobbed off."

A spokeswoman for Norfolk County Council said an investigation carried out in April had identified the problem, and work to excavate the "outfall ditch" began on Waterman's Way last week.



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