A FURIOUS Stafford business-owner has branded Staffordshire County Council’s efforts to deal with a recurring flooding problem on Sandon Road “pathetic” and “disgraceful”.
Demetrios Nicolaou, owner of Sandon Road Fishbar, told the Newsletter a fresh deluge of torrential rain on Monday had highlighted the ongoing problem, which some of his customers said had plagued the road since the 1930s.
“Seriously, what needs to happen for Staffordshire County Council to actually do something about this part of Sandon Road?” he said.
“As if the floods into houses by the brook and cars getting stuck in the flood aren’t enough for a permanent fix to this problem.
“It’s pathetic,” he said. “Totally disgraceful.”
“The flooding here is nothing new either,” said Mr Nicolaou. “Older customers inform me the same issue has been here since the 1930s and 40s.”
He said the flooding problem, which often covers the whole road, was an issue for businesses in the area, but pointed to the rising water level of the brook as the main issue for residents.
“It’s already high. If it gets a little bit higher, it’s going to start pouring into people’s gardens.”
“They [the county council] aren’t doing anything,” he said. “It’s just a joke.”
Stafford business-woman Lorraine Conkey told the Newsletter the deluge had also hit Riverway, flooding the whole road and causing significant problems to passing traffic.
"The road floods every time there is a downpour and it is a danger to people,” she said.
Staffordshire County Councillor Simon Tagg, Cabinet Support Member for Transport and Connected County, said: “We are aware that parts of Sandon Road can be prone to flooding when a local brook rises, causing water to back up through the drainage system during heavy rainfall.
"We have surveyed the local drainage network, and as a result of our investigations we are working with Severn Trent and the Environment Agency to resolve this issue," he said.
"The Environment Agency is the lead authority for Sandyford Brook and when we met with the agency this year it had identified a number of options to help resolve the problem. "
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We are currently undertaking a hydraulic modelling investigation into the flood risk issues along the Sandyford Brook corridor in Stafford.
"The model is a computer-based simulation of flooding conditions, which will provide an indication of the number of properties at risk from flood events of varying probability," she said.
"Models help us to visualise how real flooding takes place so that we can consider appropriate solutions.
“Following completion of the hydraulic model, we will consider the viability and appropriateness of potential flood management options and work with the local authority and stakeholders to decide the most appropriate way forward.”