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Flash floods devastate Castle Gresley homes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

10/07/14 Flood damage Flood damage, 84 Bass's Crescent....Stacey / Joanne Woodward

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RESIDENTS in Castle Gresley were horrified when flood water began gushing through their homes and ruining their furniture.

The flash flooding on Tuesday afternoon wasn’t enough to affect everyone, but locals on Bass’ Crescent weren’t so lucky.

As the rain began to fall, the minimal drainage in the rear garden of every second property didn’t stand a chance of stopping the water, clay and debris from turning many residents’ homes into paddling pools.

One family has been forced to tear up their carpets and lay them outside to dry in hopes that when the water is gone, the potent smell of stagnant water will go too.

One resident, Joanne Woodward, 48, said: “When it first started coming in I thought that the washing machine was leaking.

“Then it started to get really bad and within minutes the water was up to the skirting boards all through the house.

“The carpets are ruined but we don’t dare replace them until the drains have been sorted in case it happens again.”

Unlike Joanne, some residents were not in at the time of the flooding and came home from work to a house filled with water.

Hazel Horton, 29, said: “We got home from picking the kids up and when my eldest son opened the door the water just flooded out.

“My little girl was crying her eyes out when it happened.”

The residents in the area have blamed the council for adding too many homes to the area without improving the infrastructure to cope.

A spokesperson for South Derby District Council said: “The council responded to the call on Bass’ Crescent and the Cleansing Team attended the site to provide sandbags to residents of the properties affected.

“Council engineers are currently investigating the cause of the flooding. The appropriate authority will be notified of any recommendations once the investigation is concluded.

“It is important to note that events over the past few years have demonstrated that exceptional storms can cause flooding, when the drainage 
system is simply overwhelmed by the amount of water it is expected to carry.

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