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Harlow landowners encouraged to clear their ditches

Communities / Fri 4th Dec 2015 at 12:42pm

DitchesWITH more heavy rain predicted this autumn, landowners are being urged to check their drainage ditches and make sure they are cleared.

Essex County Council is reminding landowners they have a duty to keep their ditches clear and make sure they do not cause flooding on the public highway. It is advising landowners with ditches on or adjacent to their properties to have a regular maintenance programme in place.

Leaves and other material can easily clog drainage ditches causing flooding issues not just for the landowner, but for surrounding highways and buildings.

If flooding from private land is found to be obstructing the highway, the Council can take measures to ensure landowners carry out any necessary work.

Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery, said: “Ditches are an important part of our flood risk management programme, and as we experience more intense and heavy rainfall, the importance of maintaining the capacity of local drainage systems has never been greater.

“The most common cause of blocked ditches is a lack of general maintenance to remove accumulated silt and debris.”

He added: “Flooding on the highway increases the likelihood of potholes forming, and as temperatures drop below zero in winter, can clearly cause vehicles to skid in icy conditions.

“I would urge landowners to work with the council in a bid to ensure Essex roads stay flood free this winter.”

People can report highway flooding problems directly to Essex County Council via its website or by calling 0345 6037 631. Visit http://www.essexhighways.org/Report-a-problem.aspx to report highway flooding online.

To find out more about flooding prevention in Essex please visit www.essex.gov.uk/flooding or watch our short video here http://www.essex.gov.uk/Environment%20Planning/Environment/local-environment/flooding/View-It/Pages/What-we-do.aspx.

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