Work to solve March flooding saga

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Cambridgeshire County Council’s Flood and Water Management team have launched an investigation into ownership of a drainage ditch which has been filled in behind homes in Lime Grove, which could be to blame.

Peter and Margaret Baines have been campaigning for over a decade after seeing their bungalow flooded several times, including during the flash flooding caused by heavy rain on August.

The couple even had sandbags on standby during heavy rainfall last week, but fortunately the water levels didn’t rise enough to come into their property.

Austine Nwankwo, Cambridgeshire’s principal officer for flood assets, visited Lime Grove earlier this month to discuss the problem with Mr and Mrs Baines and carried out an inspection of the area to look for potential causes.

“He was unhappy with a number of things including the fact that a ditch which used to run between our property and the neighbouring caravan park has been filled in. He was also unhappy that sheds on the caravan park had guttering which discharges water into our garden,” explained Mrs Baines.

Since the visit, Mr Nwankwo has contacted the couple to say the authority was now undertaking Land Registry searches to identify the owners of the land and said it would subsequently contact them to discuss the in-filling of the ditch.”

Mrs Baines said: “This is great news, and it looks like we are finally making progress.”

Mr Baines added that Anglian Water have also investigated the sewer pipe which serves the road and discovered a possible blockage at a contour in the pipe near Robingoodfellows Lane.

He said: “It’s probably a bottleneck and could be why we have sewage coming up through our toilet whenever we have heavy rainfall.”

Anglian Water has said it, too, will be carrying out further investigations.

North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay, who was contacted by the Baines, said: “It appears the people of Lime Grove are finally making progress and that work is now being done to try to resolve the flooding issues which have blighted them for more than a decade.”