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Forest of Dean counts the cost of flooding

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

  • Lydbrook flooding

  • The Boat at Redbrook

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FLOODING problems at Lydbrook worsened yesterday as some roads were left under water.

A special task force has been assembled to try and alleviate the ongoing flooding problems in the area – and Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper vowed on Sunday to make it one of his key priorities since stepping down as immigration minister.

The River Wye also spilled over onto the road outside The Boat pub at Redbrook yesterday.

Newent School have cancelled their plan post-16 open evening on Thursday night because of weather warnings that suggest things are about to get worse.

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Meanwhile, in Minsterworth, residents there have been battling against flood waters that are creeping up driveways.

Craig Morris, from Oakle Street, said it had cost him £2,000 in 10 days as he made a desperate bid to raise the level of his driveway. He said: “We have had to move our cars away to a neighbour’s house and now my children can’t even get into our property without getting wet and muddy.

“I have been complained about the broken drain pipes down here since 2011 and Gloucestershire Highways keep finding excuses as to why it can’t be done.”

He added that he had been told by a worker that the job was a ‘simple one’ that would take ‘just three or four hours’.

Local Highways manager Richard Waters said: “We’ve been to visit Mr Morris and there’s a flap valve outlet from the gully into the river.

“The river level is currently higher than the drain level, so we can’t carry out a repair the until the river goes down.

“When the river level has receded and our resources permit, we’ll look to repair the drain pipe.

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