FLOODED homes in the Bristol Road area could soon be a thing of the past after hundreds of frustrated residents took action into their own hands.
The Bristol Road and Cecil Road area floods regularly and many homeowners have battled against flood waters coming into their homes.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling on Severn Trent Water to take action while others have even taken to closing off the worst hit roads themselves.
Bosses from Severn Trent Water met residents at the Netheridge Sewage Treatment Works where they received the petition and promised to install new storm pumps by March which will help to alleviate their flooding woes.
Lyn Ackroyd, chairman of Linden Residents’ Association, said: “The residents are simply fed up with getting flooded all of the time.
“Many of them couldn’t get their homes insured either.
“Residents had to take things into their own hands and even took to closing the roads off.
“Hopefully the new pumps will be installed by March and people can return to some normality. I’m hoping they don’t get flooded again.”
Blocked drains in the area have also been cleared by Gloucestershire Highways in recent weeks.
A spokeswoman for Severn Trent Water said: “Unfortunately the work has been delayed by 18 months due to finding asbestos in the area where we are replacing the pumps.
“In effect what we have is old pumps that are being completely replaced with new pumps so that in times of wet weather we can pump 6,000 litres per second of water to make sure that the residents of Bristol Road and Linden Road are not affected by sewer flooding.
“To add to this we have another four pumps that pass 1,000 litres per second through the normal sewage treatment process and two other storm pumps that pass 3,000 litres per second to storage tanks on site, again in times of bad weather.
We’re in a far stronger position today as two of the old storm pumps have now been replaced and so reliability is no longer a concern.
“In effect it is as simple as two very big old pumps have been replaced so far and two more will be replaced by the end of March.
“So all in all we’re in a far better position with respect to protecting our customers now, and in two months will be even better.”
The firm has invested £14million into protecting Gloucester homes from sewer flooding in the past year – and £36million since the 2007 floods.
For the fifth year in a row, Severn Trent Water customers will continue to receive the lowest average household combined water and sewerage bills in England and Wales.
According to figures released yesterday by industry body Water UK, the average combined bill will increase by £3 – a change of 1.1 per cent from last year – which is less than the current rate of inflation.