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Flooding of Putton Lane - could be a thing of the past
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:39:09 AM »
After 2 years of needles repetitive correspondence to Dorset County Council's Highways Department, I have finally started to get some sense out of them.

The issue has been the flooding of Putton Lane across its entire width, between Bennetts Water Gardens and Woodland Trust's Chickerell Downs. School children and residents have spent years walking through flood waters due to Highways failure to keep the highway clear of flood water.

This morning Dorset Works are finally opening and repairing the blocked entrance to the culvert under Putton Lane. This is after 2 years of them needlessly digging grips (channels cut into the verge) further up the slope on Putton Lane. The grips would never have addressed the issue of the flooding due to their being higher than the flood waters.

There is a natural watercourse that runs along the field-side ditches from this location on Putton Lane down to the ponds at the end of Green Lane (near the traffic lights for the Granby Ind Est). Hopefully Highways will have finally asked the landowner to clear the field-side ditch so that this heavily used School route is never flooded again.

Why is it such hard work with some council staff   :roll:

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Re: Flooding of Putton Lane - could be a thing of the past
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 11:31:47 AM »
Yes DCC seem to have got round to doing something about this as the lane has been DRY this week!

The problem arose a couple of years ago when Wessex Water were carrying out works on the east side of the lane (putting in a new main?). This forced all traffic, including the many HGVs that use the lane, to go over the verge on the west side which is where the culvert has partially collapsed and stopped water running through.

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Re: Flooding of Putton Lane - could be a thing of the past
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 01:16:38 PM »
Highways tried to tell me that there was no culvert under the road, which speaks volumes about his knowledge about Highway drainage


You'll notice that the mortar has been washed out of the lower courses of bricks. This is due to the area being continuously immersed in water due to the field-side ditch being obstructed somewhere down the field.




On the West side - the piece of block wall stood vertical in the middle of the culvert entrance is part of the right hand wing, that had fallen over and blocked the culvert entrance


Maybe now Highways would be good enough to replace the connecting gully pipe further up the lane, which is blocked by the roots of that huge willow tree


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Re: Flooding of Putton Lane - could be a thing of the past
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2013, 12:43:29 PM »
Interesting to note - the briefest splash of rain yesterday, and Putton Lane is flooded once again.

What part of "Field-side ditches that form natural watercourses have to be kept clear in order for rain water to flow away" does Dorset County Council not teach their Highways Inspectors   :?