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Homes with rising damp in Wetmore splash back

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 01, 2014

  • 29/05/14 flooding issues Anthony Bradshaw and flooding problems at his house - 338 Wetmore Road......

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RESIDENTS living in the aptly named Wetmore Road have refused to be wet anymore after splash back from rainwater caused by a blocked drain is damaging their homes.

Anthony Bradshaw and Christopher Wass live in two of the five homes which have been affected by splash-back from rainwater sitting in dips in the road since February and have now decided enough is enough.

Now Staffordshire County Council’s highways team has vowed to repair the damaged gully in the road, which is a major route into Burton.

Mr Bradshaw, a civil servant, who wife and two-year-old child live with him in his rain soaked home, said: “Basically the water is sitting on the road. One of the drains are blocked and when we have heavy rain like this week, it fills up and sits in all the dips in the road near the pavements. But because it is such a busy road you have all this traffic coming past, and splashing the water up our walls and doors and into the windows.

“It is now getting under my door because of the sheer force of the traffic hitting the water.”

The 33-year-old homeowner believes he will be left out-of-pocket after insurers came on Thursday to assess the damage.

He added: “I want the council to sort it out but until they sort the roads it will keep happening.”

Michael Rodgers, who represents the area on East Staffordshire Borough Council, also contacted the county council after visiting the road to see first-hand the damage being done.

The council has revealed repair work to the gulley will take place this month and admitted that it priorities major roads to keep business and people on the move.

Mark Deaville, cabinet support member for transport on Staffordshire County Council, said: “We are aware of the issue in Wetmore Road and have scheduled repair work on the damaged gulley due to take place in June.

“Our highways teams deliver a continuous programme of routine maintenance and repairs across our 6,000km of roads across Staffordshire. With such a large network to cover, we prioritise major roads to keep business and people on the move, and we work as fast as we can with the resources we have to deal with other problems as they arrive.”

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