For the second time in less than two weeks, torrential rain has seen a road in North Acton become inaccessible to vehicles. Cars and buses have had to turn around by the bridge in Victoria Road and at least one person was rescued from their car by the fire service after they attempted to cross the flooded road.
Since this morning (3 November 2022), the road under the bridge, has seen heavy rain flood the area which has seen delays in local bus 266 as Transport for London finds alternatives ways for its drivers to avoid the area.
The London Fire Brigade were called out in the early morning to rescue a person trapped in their car.
Residents say this is the second in less than two weeks and are calling on Ealing Council to fix the issue and ensure the drains and gullies are better maintained.
One local told EALING.NEWS: “What is going on with the Council. This has been happening for well over 20 years and only just happened again two weeks back.”
They added: “It’s dangerous, happens on a regular basis and disrupts our lives. They need to fix it.”
When it happened previously, Thames Water confirmed to EALING.NEWS that it is Ealing Council’s responsiblity to come up with a solution and fix the issue.
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”.
Councillor Athena Zissimos, Ealing Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the environment including streets, parks, air quality and climate change, told EALING.NEWS :“The Labour Council is never it seems proactive when it comes to blocked drains, even when they know that there is a problem, they still do not fix the problem, so the same flooding happens again.”
Councillor Zissimos added: “The Council should be inspecting drains on a regular basis and clearing them before they flood, not be waiting for flooding to occur before they do anything. In North Acton even when flooding does happen, that is not enough for a wake-up call for anything to be done by the Labour Council, the Liberal Democrats say they should be doing better.”
Ealing Green Party chair Neil Reynolds told EALING.NEWS: “As storms intensify as a result of climate breakdown, flooding of this nature will become more common. Of course the Council should do everything it reasonably can to clear drains. To try and limit this in the long term however, Government, at both national and local level, needs to act with appropriate urgency to tackle our carbon emissions.”
Ealing Conservative leader Councillor Julian Gallant told EALING.NEWS previously: “It’s not unusual to see torrential downpours in late October. Residents are asking why Ealing’s Labour-run council is always caught napping when it comes to keeping those drains and gullies clear of the leaf mulch and other detritus which causes them to flood.”
EALING.NEWS has informed Ealing Council via Ealing Council 24/7 of the flooding earlier today (3 November 2022) following a number of local residents in the area being concerned that no Council organised action had so far been seen to take place to reduce the flooding on the road.
A Council spokesperson told EALING.NEWS: “Highway gullies drain surface water runoff from roads and pavements into the Thames Water’s main sewers under the ground, however in rainstorm events the capacity of the main sewer network is often unable to cope with such intensities and/or prolonged period of rainfall. This can cause surface water to pool on the surface as the drainage system is backing up through the gullies from the Thames Water’s main sewers, but that does not necessarily mean that the gullies and/or sewers are blocked. Therefore, normally we suggest that at least three hours is allowed for the water to dissipate before action is taken.”
They added: “All the gullies in the borough are inspected regularly as part of the Periodic Highway Safety Inspection Regime. Highways are aware of areas susceptible to flash flooding and adopt a proactive approach of gulley cleansing in these areas annually in the summer. Highways inspectors continue to monitor these locations and arrange for further cleaning as and when necessary.”