Heavy Rainfall Causes Flooding Issues
On the evening of Wednesday 12 August heavy rain showers and thunderstorms struck across the borough causing a variety of localised flooding issues.
Newport saw up to 75mm of rain in just 3hours while Wellington, Central and Northern Telford received up to 35mm in places. Some roads became impassable and many homes and businesses filled with water.
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Highways and Drainage teams worked through the night alongside the police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue responding to reports and helping those most in need.
The old CRC site in Ketley was opened for people to collect sandbags and remained open throughout Thursday with residents coming from all over Telford & Wrekin to collect up to five per household. There was huge demand with staff refilling bags on site and a further delivery being required. The site is now closed as the adverse weather has subsided but weather reports are being continually monitored and the site will be reopening if needed.
The clean-up operation has begun with roads being swept and debris such as fallen trees are being dealt with as quick as possible. This will continue over the coming days.
Cllr Lee Carter Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration said ‘The levels of rainfall that fell across the borough yesterday were unbelievable and follow on from a number of freak weather events we’ve encountered over recent months. Quite truthfully it is not something that any road gullies are designed to cope with. We have a rolling programme of cleaning our 33000 gullies and undertook extra sweeping and cleaning in advance of yesterday’s storm yet the volume of water was still overwhelming.
‘Our teams stepped up once again to help those residents most in need and I am very proud of the staff at Telford & Wrekin Council working in treacherous conditions throughout the night as well as the local emergency services who we are thankful to. We had done our best to prepare in advance having seen the adverse weather forecast. We do appreciate this is scant consolation for residents and businesses who suffered flood or storm damage.
‘The rain clouds may have gone away but we won’t; the clean-up operation has already commenced as has our review of repairs required and protections we may need to consider going forward including continuing to apply pressure to partner organisations like the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water and Homes England who also have responsibility in some instances to help try and address some of the issues encountered.’
Any further issues relating to flooding can be reported here