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Family calls for urgent action to prevent flooding

Some of the problems the family have been experiencing at the property.

A family is calling for urgent action to prevent repeated flooding at a property in Gamesley. 

The High Peak Borough Council-owned property, and others in the row, are at the bottom of two roads so if it rains the water flows off the road and into the gardens. 

But the water doesn’t drain away and instead floods the property. 

Ian Walker said his family members who live at the house both have disabilities and health problems and the long-standing issue needs resolving once and for all.   

“It has got to the point where they are missing medical appointments because they want to stay at home when it is raining anywhere near heavy to stop the property flooding. 

“It is a nightmare there is a constant flood risk. It is a ridiculous situation.” 

There are currently sandbags, supplied by HPBC, at the rear of the property on the door and patio doors, but Ian says it needs a longer-term solution and is unhappy with the temporary measures put in place. 

“The sandbags themselves are a trip hazard as they are both unsteady on their feet and have to climb over the to get out.” 

A large pump was bought in recently to clear drains, but the engineer found them half blocked by concrete. 

“It is an absolute joke at the moment,” said Ian. “The whole thing needs sorting. No-one seems to do anything. 

“We have had the council out numerous times but is just seems a botch job.” 

Councillor Fiona Sloman, Executive Councillor for Housing at High Peak Borough Council, said: “We are in contact with the family and are working with other agencies, including United Utilities and the County Council, to conduct further investigations.  

“In the meantime, we have put in some temporary measures, including a flood barrier and sandbags, to protect the property.” 

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