Watford pensioners forced to wade through 'Lake Ontario' due to lack of drainage

Watford pensioners forced to wade through 'Lake Ontario' due to lack of drainage

Watford pensioners forced to wade through 'Lake Ontario' due to lack of drainage

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Watford pensioners say they’re wading through "Lake Ontario" to get to their house despite repeatedly bringing the flood to the attention of the council.

Yvonne Davison, 74, says she’s had the "expanse of standing water" at the end of her drive in north Watford for years because the road was built without sufficient drainage.

Yvonne, of Hillrise Avenue, first notified authorities of the hazard in September. Since then she has called at least 17 times to get the mess sorted out - but says the Highways department has still not acted.

Yvonne said: "When it rains we call it Lake Ontario.

"Last September I decided to write to Highways about it. I got a letter back but nothing happened.

"My daughter sent an email and we were told they had forgotten all about it.

"I’ve made about 17 phone calls - I’m not getting anywhere. It’s been nearly nine months."

The water accumulates on the road outside because there is no drainage outside Yvonne’s bungalow.

Yvonne said in winter the puddle ices over and it becomes dangerous.

Husband Robert, also 74, is due to have a hip operation and she is worried the water will be too much of an obstacle during his recovery.

Yvonne said: "It can be a huge expanse of water and it’s a worry for when it gets icy.

"My husband is waiting for a hip operation and he’s limping. It’s getting very frustrating - the weeks have turned into months and still nothing has been done.

"It just gets worse."

Watford Observer:

Kareen Hastrick, county councillor for Meriden Tudor Division and Watford Borough Councillor for Meriden, confirmed she is looking into the problem.

Herts County Council’s contractors for Highways maintenence issues is Ringway.

A representative carried out a site visit on Tuesday - eight months after Yvonne’s initial complaint.

Jerry Pert, Ringway regional director, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: "We inspected the site when it was first reported and have revisited today[Tuesday, May 13].

"There is a small area of cracking near a dropped curb which is not considered hazardous. It will be considered as part of a planned works programme in the future."

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6:02pm Wed 14 May 14

Strontium90 says...

Typical response by Ringway. I have reported a number of dangerous potholes and road defects during the year. I invariably get the reponse "site visited - not considerd dangerous" when it blatently IS dangerous! It seems this response is used to reduce the outstanding workload. No wonder HCC has had to warn Ringway to up their performance. Hopefully, when their contract comes up for renewal, they will be out of the running.
Typical response by Ringway. I have reported a number of dangerous potholes and road defects during the year. I invariably get the reponse "site visited - not considerd dangerous" when it blatently IS dangerous! It seems this response is used to reduce the outstanding workload. No wonder HCC has had to warn Ringway to up their performance. Hopefully, when their contract comes up for renewal, they will be out of the running. Strontium90
  • Score: 2

11:23am Thu 15 May 14

garston tony says...

Liking the pictures to illustrate the problem in front of a dry road!

But yes appaling not been seen to so far
Liking the pictures to illustrate the problem in front of a dry road! But yes appaling not been seen to so far garston tony
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Thu 15 May 14

Phoenix Keeper says...

Is it like Lake Ontario?

Is it, really?

Are you sure?

Does the water really become 283 feet deep when it rains???
Is it like Lake Ontario? Is it, really? Are you sure? Does the water really become 283 feet deep when it rains??? Phoenix Keeper
  • Score: -1

2:23pm Thu 15 May 14

LocalBoy1 says...

We have a road drain that wont cope with "flash floods" in the same area, when the drain overflows we have sewage running down our garden paths. The email I eventually received was we have inspected the drain and it has been made safe and will be included in our future maintenance. Clever that! as my car is always parked over the drain.
We have a road drain that wont cope with "flash floods" in the same area, when the drain overflows we have sewage running down our garden paths. The email I eventually received was we have inspected the drain and it has been made safe and will be included in our future maintenance. Clever that! as my car is always parked over the drain. LocalBoy1
  • Score: 0

8:57am Fri 16 May 14

garston tony says...

LocalBoy1 wrote:
We have a road drain that wont cope with "flash floods" in the same area, when the drain overflows we have sewage running down our garden paths. The email I eventually received was we have inspected the drain and it has been made safe and will be included in our future maintenance. Clever that! as my car is always parked over the drain.
What always? And over the whole drain? They could have accessed the drain somewhere else you know
[quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: We have a road drain that wont cope with "flash floods" in the same area, when the drain overflows we have sewage running down our garden paths. The email I eventually received was we have inspected the drain and it has been made safe and will be included in our future maintenance. Clever that! as my car is always parked over the drain.[/p][/quote]What always? And over the whole drain? They could have accessed the drain somewhere else you know garston tony
  • Score: 0

10:59am Fri 16 May 14

LocalBoy1 says...

garston tony wrote:
LocalBoy1 wrote:
We have a road drain that wont cope with "flash floods" in the same area, when the drain overflows we have sewage running down our garden paths. The email I eventually received was we have inspected the drain and it has been made safe and will be included in our future maintenance. Clever that! as my car is always parked over the drain.
What always? And over the whole drain? They could have accessed the drain somewhere else you know
Yes, Yes and Yes. I don't think they even looked at the drain??
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: We have a road drain that wont cope with "flash floods" in the same area, when the drain overflows we have sewage running down our garden paths. The email I eventually received was we have inspected the drain and it has been made safe and will be included in our future maintenance. Clever that! as my car is always parked over the drain.[/p][/quote]What always? And over the whole drain? They could have accessed the drain somewhere else you know[/p][/quote]Yes, Yes and Yes. I don't think they even looked at the drain?? LocalBoy1
  • Score: 0

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