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More cars trapped in North Acton flooding as residents and commuters call on Ealing Council to fix the flooding on main road

Residents and commuters have woken up to continuing traffic problems in North Acton as more rain over night has seen a road in North Acton become inaccessible to vehicles.  Cars and buses as well as emergency services have had to turn around by the bridge in Victoria Road which has seen torrential rain over the past 72 hours impact the area.

Since Sunday night (23 October 2022) at least four cars were trapped after they attempted to cross the flooded road. Private recovery services had to came to their rescue.

From Friday night (21 October 2022), the road under the bridge, has seen heavy rain flood the area and has seen delays in local bus 266 as Transport for London finds alternatives ways for its drivers to avoid the area.

London Ambulances have also been impacted by the flooding.

Residents say this is not unusual.

One local told EALING.NEWS: “This has been going on for as long as I’ve lived here which is over 25 years. We were only told a few years ago that the problem has been fixed but it still happens several times a year.”

Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, Leader of the Opposition, Ealing Council told EALING.NEWS: “Many drains are blocked and so this tends to be the cause of some flooding when rain pours down heavily. I would expect the Council to inspect all the drains in the area to insure that this is not the case and stop any reoccurrence.”

While some drivers think they can drive over the flooded area without any consequences, the last 72 hours has seen a number of vehicles become trapped in the flooded waters as their engines seize up due to the water.

“We want Ealing Council to fix this issue once and for all. It’s dangerous for all road users and should have been fixed years ago.”

Another resident told EALING.NEWS: “This was going to happen. It always happens.  Ealing Council needs to do something.”

Thames Water confirmed to EALING.NEWS that it is Ealing Council’s responsibility to fix it.

In a tweet message to EALING.NEWS, the water company said: “Our engineers have investigated this and this is rain water gathering in the dip of the road. Our assets are working as expected, and the road is the council’s asset”.

Without any help from the authorities, drivers took it on themselves to help each other. On Sunday night (23 October 2022),  a Tesco delivery driver helped a motorist stranded in the flooded road by helping to move their car.

EALING.NEWS informed Ealing Council of the flooding on Sundsay (23 October 2022) following residents in the area being concerned that no action had so far been taken to clear up the flooding on the road.

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