£10,000 has been spent on draining Diss Mere but flooding problems persist

Flooding at Diss Mere

Flooding at Diss Mere - Credit: Archant

It is the town's best-loved feature, lying at its very centre and representing, in many ways, its beating heart.

But it seems all is not well with Diss Mere.

Its water level has been high for several months, creating flooding problems for a number of nearby businesses.

The town council has now spent almost £10,000 in 18 months in an attempt to resolve the issue, but has yet to get to the bottom of it.

Long-running drainage problems were thought to have been solved in September 2014, when a new section of drain was installed after earlier pipes collapsed and became blocked. It was designed to take excess water from the Mere, but the problems have remained.

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The network is designed to take excess water under Aldi's car par, Park Road, Morrisons' petrol station and into the River Waveney.

Deborah Sarson, Diss Town Council clerk, said: 'We have been endeavouring to get to the bottom of the problem. We had contractors jet the system on Monday, but the problem keeps rearing its head. When we installed the new drain we thought the problem had been solved.

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'We are desperately working to find a long-term solution.

'We are going to meet with the contractors and structural engineers next week to try to get to the bottom of it.'

Mere Moments and Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, on Mere Street, have both lost parts of their car park because of the high water levels.

Sharon Loom, who owns Mere Moments, said: 'It's been up high since December. The Mere's water level has been up high before but after a couple of weeks it goes back down again. It is frustrating as we pay for that as part of our rent and rates.

'We're going to get some sand bags to try and help the problem.'

Mrs Sarson added that although the council was trying to resolve the drainage problems, land owners were responsible for the Mere edge on their property.

She said: 'It is up to them if they want to get a specialist to advise them how to stop the water rising onto their land.

'They can have a retaining wall put in, but it would need to be cleared with the town council.'

Have you been affected by the Mere's high water levels? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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