Magna Road flooding mystery solved

Bournemouth Echo: Magna Road flooding mystery solved Magna Road flooding mystery solved

THE recent flooding of Magna Road at Merley, which caused the closure of the road for eight days, has been traced.

On January 2 after further rain and flooding which caused a two-day closure, Borough of Poole found a partially-blocked outfall pipe running into the grounds of Canford School.

Officers also located a buried chamber in the woods below the flood with a blocked grill.

When this was cleared the water was able to clear faster.

“Providing the chamber grill is kept clear or is cleared if water starts to build up, we’re confident the road will not have to be closed during heavy rain in the future,” said Shaun Robson, head of environmental protection services.

“We apologise for the disruption caused during this exceptionally severe rain,” he said in his report which goes before the Broadstone, Merley and Bearwood area committee tomorrow.

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3:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Boyzee Boy says...

"Clearing a Blocked Pipe".....who'd have guessed that!
"Clearing a Blocked Pipe".....who'd have guessed that! Boyzee Boy
  • Score: 16

3:34pm Tue 21 Jan 14

yourbard says...

“Providing the chamber grill is kept clear or is cleared if water starts to build up, we’re confident the road will not have to be closed during heavy rain in the future,” said Shaun Robson.

Did they find a bear relieving itself in the woods, by any chance?
“Providing the chamber grill is kept clear or is cleared if water starts to build up, we’re confident the road will not have to be closed during heavy rain in the future,” said Shaun Robson. Did they find a bear relieving itself in the woods, by any chance? yourbard
  • Score: 5

3:48pm Tue 21 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

This water, once released, rapidly found its way into the river Stour and then promptly helped to flood the mobile home park at Iford?
This water, once released, rapidly found its way into the river Stour and then promptly helped to flood the mobile home park at Iford? The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 10

3:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Ophilum says...

Total neglect by the council, after all it is there job which we pay for in rates and parking, and fines, The list is endless. pot hole anyone.
They think we are all morons judging by the comment by the Official person.
Total neglect by the council, after all it is there job which we pay for in rates and parking, and fines, The list is endless. pot hole anyone. They think we are all morons judging by the comment by the Official person. Ophilum
  • Score: 2

3:57pm Tue 21 Jan 14

rayc says...

I am sure the Poole Engineers did a good job of locating the obstructions but the question has to be asked of why they were not aware of the buried chamber. I expect there are all sorts of reasons, lack of continuity of staff and record keeping being a low priority possibly but it makes me wonder how much is known of similar drains and gulleys that are no longer known about let alone maintained.
I am sure the Poole Engineers did a good job of locating the obstructions but the question has to be asked of why they were not aware of the buried chamber. I expect there are all sorts of reasons, lack of continuity of staff and record keeping being a low priority possibly but it makes me wonder how much is known of similar drains and gulleys that are no longer known about let alone maintained. rayc
  • Score: 14

4:02pm Tue 21 Jan 14

i have heard it all now says...

Rocket Science,I can now see where all my Council tax money is wisely spent.
Rocket Science,I can now see where all my Council tax money is wisely spent. i have heard it all now
  • Score: 9

4:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

The secret chamber.
The secret chamber. BIGTONE
  • Score: 7

4:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

35 years ago we used to play on this very corner before half of Merley was built. I can remember a little stream of water constantly running from somewhere along the very end corner of Merley Lane on the right hand side towards Canford school,there is a big drain cover there now. Many a sandy mud pie we made there,I also remember constant water running down Stoat Hill into Magna road so this is nothing new! There was also a stream running down the back end or Lynwood drive and half of Merley Park use to be under water and I'm sure we spent most of our childhood up to our knees in water having the times of our lives!
35 years ago we used to play on this very corner before half of Merley was built. I can remember a little stream of water constantly running from somewhere along the very end corner of Merley Lane on the right hand side towards Canford school,there is a big drain cover there now. Many a sandy mud pie we made there,I also remember constant water running down Stoat Hill into Magna road so this is nothing new! There was also a stream running down the back end or Lynwood drive and half of Merley Park use to be under water and I'm sure we spent most of our childhood up to our knees in water having the times of our lives! RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: 11

9:17pm Tue 21 Jan 14

60plus says...

I have lived in Merley for 27years and Magna Road has always flooded so must be they haven't cleaned the drains in all that time.
I have lived in Merley for 27years and Magna Road has always flooded so must be they haven't cleaned the drains in all that time. 60plus
  • Score: 5

5:51am Wed 22 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Why should our public servants - sic - compromise their pension fund by spending taxpayers money on doing what the taxpayer is paying them for! Cleaning the streets, etc. When was the last time you saw the drains being cleaned, or ditches cleared?

Far better to allow the hoi poloi to be flooded and inconvenienced. After all, they can claim on their insurance, saving the council a shed-load of money.

Cynical? Moi??
Why should our public servants - sic - compromise their pension fund by spending taxpayers money on doing what the taxpayer is paying them for! Cleaning the streets, etc. When was the last time you saw the drains being cleaned, or ditches cleared? Far better to allow the hoi poloi to be flooded and inconvenienced. After all, they can claim on their insurance, saving the council a shed-load of money. Cynical? Moi?? Phixer
  • Score: 2

7:30am Wed 22 Jan 14

tbpoole says...

Phixer wrote:
Why should our public servants - sic - compromise their pension fund by spending taxpayers money on doing what the taxpayer is paying them for! Cleaning the streets, etc. When was the last time you saw the drains being cleaned, or ditches cleared?

Far better to allow the hoi poloi to be flooded and inconvenienced. After all, they can claim on their insurance, saving the council a shed-load of money.

Cynical? Moi??
Maybe your view but further cuts to budgets/staff are only going to increase the likelihood of this sort of thing happening in the future as the amount of regular maintenance declines further.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: Why should our public servants - sic - compromise their pension fund by spending taxpayers money on doing what the taxpayer is paying them for! Cleaning the streets, etc. When was the last time you saw the drains being cleaned, or ditches cleared? Far better to allow the hoi poloi to be flooded and inconvenienced. After all, they can claim on their insurance, saving the council a shed-load of money. Cynical? Moi??[/p][/quote]Maybe your view but further cuts to budgets/staff are only going to increase the likelihood of this sort of thing happening in the future as the amount of regular maintenance declines further. tbpoole
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Wed 22 Jan 14

funkyferret says...

No longer the "chamber of secrets" then?
No longer the "chamber of secrets" then? funkyferret
  • Score: 0

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