Broads village road survey uncovers problem areas in need of repair work
PUBLISHED: 10:24 23 January 2018
A survey conducted on a Broads village road has revealed problems with the sewer network which has contributed to flooding in the area.
Ferry Road Flood Forum chairman Paul Rice said he had been advised that an Anglian Water team had recently conducted a survey of Ferry Road in Horning and identified several problems on the network.
Mr Rice said the team had used a camera for the survey work which uncovered three joint failures in the sewer and several other points where Broads water was getting into the network.
He said this had led to “significant volumes” getting into private sewers which feed into Anglian Water sewers.
To compound the problem, surface water was also getting into the sewers which contributed to the flooding problem.
Businesses and residents living in the street have been affected by flood water, which has made the road impassable on occasions.
Mr Rice said while flooding had been a historical problem in the area, it had recently got a lot worse.
“We accept that the flooding has been an ongoing problem but the frequency has increased from three to four times a year to three to four times a month.
“However, we are really pleased that progress is being made and that Anglian Water are now working to resolve the issues.”
An Anglian Water spokeswoman said the utility would host a meeting this week with representatives from organisations which had a role to play in coming up with a solution to the issue.
“We’ve already started looking at the sewer and will be asking the other agencies to do the same with the parts they are responsible for. “Our initial investigations have found three sections in the sewer pipe which need repair work.
“This is an older sewer that was adopted by Anglian Water in 2011 and it’s likely the damage is historic.”
The spokeswoman said while this was contributing to the flooding issues, it was not the only cause.
She said engineers were planning repairs in a way to minimise disruption, and coincide with tide times to allow them access to the pipe.
“We will be in touch with residents to inform them about the necessary repairs as soon as the plans have been finalised, and to update them on the result of the meeting.”