Residents trapped in their homes since before Christmas because of severe flooding on Stapehill Road

VIDEO: Trapped in our homes since before Christmas because of the floods

VIDEO: Trapped in our homes since before Christmas because of the floods

VIDEO: Trapped in our homes since before Christmas because of the floods

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RESIDENTS have been stranded in their Hampreston homes since December 23 because of severe flooding.

Stapehill Road flooded over the Christmas period – and despite the efforts of the local authority, many remain trapped indoors by the deluge.

Mum-of-two Sara Keets has been unable to get to work because of the problems.

She said the road has “become a river”.

“It’s impassable and that’s due entirely to negligence rather than mother nature,” she said.

“The drainage ditch at the Hampreston crossroads end of the road has rarely been attended by the council during the last decade. When they do respond to calls and complaints they fail to dig out the ditch itself.”

She said the ditch has been filled with verge cuttings, hedge and tree trimmings and fly tipping over the years.

“The rotting debris clogs the underground drainage pipe that should allow water to continue flowing down into the river,” she added.

“The council says it’s the responsibility of the farmer, but if that’s the case, surely they have the right to issue notice to force compliance, or to maintain it themselves and counter claim the costs involved.”

Sara’s children weren’t able to attend their first day back at school yesterday because of the problems.

Her neighbour Linda Kirkman said a disabled elderly man is one of those trapped by the floods.

“On Saturday, the Highways Department arrived at 8am with a view to pumping out the water, but almost seven hours later, the water level remains as high as ever,” she said.

Yesterday, after more storms lashed the county, the water levels rose even higher.

Linda said: “The water is now spilling over the tops of wellington boots. It’s actually getting worse. What’s really frustrating is that people are still driving down the road, even though it’s closed to vehicles.

“One became trapped last week, and when it was towed out, it made a pothole significantly bigger. It’s frustrating and upsetting.”

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7:13am Tue 7 Jan 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Could not agree more with the lady in this report I have done some online research into the floods and tut-tut Environment Agency, local Councils and Wessex water, and landowners you have known where, why and how for years and from what I have read have done little about it! Councils and landowners are legally responsible to manage surface water drainage under The Flood and Water Management Act. I hope these residents seek legal advice about this drainage ditch as this road like many others that are not close to rivers or seas should in theory not flood.
Could not agree more with the lady in this report I have done some online research into the floods and tut-tut Environment Agency, local Councils and Wessex water, and landowners you have known where, why and how for years and from what I have read have done little about it! Councils and landowners are legally responsible to manage surface water drainage under The Flood and Water Management Act. I hope these residents seek legal advice about this drainage ditch as this road like many others that are not close to rivers or seas should in theory not flood. itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 5

9:50am Tue 7 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

The joys of living in the sticks eh?
The joys of living in the sticks eh? BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

10:30am Tue 7 Jan 14

harrythered says...

BIGTONE wrote:
The joys of living in the sticks eh?
In the sticks, its halfway between Wimborne and Ferndown and a major cut through road for pepole coming from Bournemouth to work on the Ferndown Industrial Estate.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: The joys of living in the sticks eh?[/p][/quote]In the sticks, its halfway between Wimborne and Ferndown and a major cut through road for pepole coming from Bournemouth to work on the Ferndown Industrial Estate. harrythered
  • Score: 4

11:34am Tue 7 Jan 14

princealby says...

Just a thought etc etc, how deep is the water at the point the drainage needs to be cleared? Set aside the battle of who is responsible, is it not possible for a kindhearted person/s to give equipment/time to clear the blockage and relive the flooding and thus misery in the mean time? A mini digger etc if it can operate in the depth of water or even a full size one for that matter?
Just a thought etc etc, how deep is the water at the point the drainage needs to be cleared? Set aside the battle of who is responsible, is it not possible for a kindhearted person/s to give equipment/time to clear the blockage and relive the flooding and thus misery in the mean time? A mini digger etc if it can operate in the depth of water or even a full size one for that matter? princealby
  • Score: 0

11:51am Tue 7 Jan 14

hampreston harriet says...

harrythered wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
The joys of living in the sticks eh?
In the sticks, its halfway between Wimborne and Ferndown and a major cut through road for pepole coming from Bournemouth to work on the Ferndown Industrial Estate.
Ah, but it really shouldn't be a major cut through. It isn't a main road but is a narrow and twisting lane that is completely unsuitable for the amount of traffic using it.. Some years ago there was a plan to close it off part way along to stop everyone using it as a short cut, but it never happened. Perhaps it's time to start up a campaign to reinstate the plans and let the industrial estate traffic use Ham Lane, Canford Bottom Roundabout and the by-pass instead.
[quote][p][bold]harrythered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: The joys of living in the sticks eh?[/p][/quote]In the sticks, its halfway between Wimborne and Ferndown and a major cut through road for pepole coming from Bournemouth to work on the Ferndown Industrial Estate.[/p][/quote]Ah, but it really shouldn't be a major cut through. It isn't a main road but is a narrow and twisting lane that is completely unsuitable for the amount of traffic using it.. Some years ago there was a plan to close it off part way along to stop everyone using it as a short cut, but it never happened. Perhaps it's time to start up a campaign to reinstate the plans and let the industrial estate traffic use Ham Lane, Canford Bottom Roundabout and the by-pass instead. hampreston harriet
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Sara Keets says...

Hi, I just want to add two comments to this report:
1. What motorists fail to realise is this is not just rainwater but is contaminated water. Household waste, food bins and glass were all washed away into the water Christmas Eve (you really do not want to think about what I have seen floating in this water!) along with some major debris that has come out of the remains of the ditches. The bough waves, undercurrent and lifting and shifting of the debris are all impacting the health and safety of the residents who have no choice but to be on foot.
2. This is not a hate campaign against the council workers - they are here again now trying to alleviate the situation. The cause and resultant issues have been a bone of contention for local residents for many years but it is their commitment to now deal with it that I am thankful for especially when there are thousands of people who have been left homeless recently and endured far more hardships than our current plight.
Hi, I just want to add two comments to this report: 1. What motorists fail to realise is this is not just rainwater but is contaminated water. Household waste, food bins and glass were all washed away into the water Christmas Eve (you really do not want to think about what I have seen floating in this water!) along with some major debris that has come out of the remains of the ditches. The bough waves, undercurrent and lifting and shifting of the debris are all impacting the health and safety of the residents who have no choice but to be on foot. 2. This is not a hate campaign against the council workers - they are here again now trying to alleviate the situation. The cause and resultant issues have been a bone of contention for local residents for many years but it is their commitment to now deal with it that I am thankful for especially when there are thousands of people who have been left homeless recently and endured far more hardships than our current plight. Sara Keets
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

harrythered wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
The joys of living in the sticks eh?
In the sticks, its halfway between Wimborne and Ferndown and a major cut through road for pepole coming from Bournemouth to work on the Ferndown Industrial Estate.
Exactly! Blink and your through it although the water likes to hang around.
Maybe a good place for a one day a week opening of a Tesco Express.
Do they have electric there?
They seem to love the water.......wait!...
.......they have webbed feet there too don't they?
[quote][p][bold]harrythered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: The joys of living in the sticks eh?[/p][/quote]In the sticks, its halfway between Wimborne and Ferndown and a major cut through road for pepole coming from Bournemouth to work on the Ferndown Industrial Estate.[/p][/quote]Exactly! Blink and your through it although the water likes to hang around. Maybe a good place for a one day a week opening of a Tesco Express. Do they have electric there? They seem to love the water.......wait!... .......they have webbed feet there too don't they? BIGTONE
  • Score: -1

7:26pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Hobad1 says...

These people should count themselves lucky.....there are some people in Penn Hill who haven't had their recycling bins emptied for over a couple of weeks!
These people should count themselves lucky.....there are some people in Penn Hill who haven't had their recycling bins emptied for over a couple of weeks! Hobad1
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ben611 says...

what a gorgeous pair of ladies
what a gorgeous pair of ladies ben611
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Hobad1 wrote:
These people should count themselves lucky.....there are some people in Penn Hill who haven't had their recycling bins emptied for over a couple of weeks!
They will have to fill their Lidl carrier bags for extra capacity.

I have a stuck up neighbour. I caught her the other week shopping at Lidl and putting the stuff in her M&S posh cloth carrier bags.
She looked horrified...although I don't blame her looking at me!!!
She likes to fool the neighbours into thinking she shops at M&S.

Sad sack.

Haw Haw
[quote][p][bold]Hobad1[/bold] wrote: These people should count themselves lucky.....there are some people in Penn Hill who haven't had their recycling bins emptied for over a couple of weeks![/p][/quote]They will have to fill their Lidl carrier bags for extra capacity. I have a stuck up neighbour. I caught her the other week shopping at Lidl and putting the stuff in her M&S posh cloth carrier bags. She looked horrified...although I don't blame her looking at me!!! She likes to fool the neighbours into thinking she shops at M&S. Sad sack. Haw Haw BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

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