Moreton Hall residents not confident about council’s solution to flood woes

WORRIED: Derek Malin is one of several homeowners in Sheerwater Close that worry about flooding every time there is a heavy downpour

WORRIED: Derek Malin is one of several homeowners in Sheerwater Close that worry about flooding every time there is a heavy downpour

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A couple forced to live in a caravan since their home flooded earlier this year have hit out at council plans to install drains nearby.

Stanley and Irene Hammond’s home is located in a dip off Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds, and was one of several in Sheerwater Close to become flooded in June.

Since then, they have been living in a caravan in their front garden, where they will stay until their home is once again habitable.

“We’re staying in the caravan because we’ve got nowhere else to go,” said Stanley, who recalls trying to fend off water gushing from the gullies near his home.

Suffolk County Council has said that within three months two additional gullies will be installed at the low point on Mount Road, opposite Tassel Road to the back of the Sheerwater Close properties that flooded earlier this year.

But the Hammonds are dubious that will solve the problem and have called for extra drains in Sheerwater Close.

“We’re thinking, once all the work’s done, of putting the house on the market and going,” said Stanley.

He added: “We feel really gutted and I don’t think the council’s doing much to help.

“We’ve been here since the houses were built – they’re nice houses but I don’t think there are enough gullies. They backed up and water came up like a wave and knocked both of us over. My wife ended up in hospital.”

Their neighbours, Derek and Linda Malin, were still recovering from June’s flood when they were hit by heavy rain three weeks ago.

They watched helplessly as water began ‘gushing down from the road,’ filled their garden with a few feet of water and came through their kitchen door.

Derek said: “The rain stopped but if it hadn’t we would have been flooded again. We were just so lucky it stopped.”

“We don’t want to spend our time worrying every time we get a heavy downpour.”

A council spokeswoman said a date for installing the gullies still had to be agreed with the contractor.

She added: “The highways team have checked all the gullies in this section of Mount Road and Tassel Road and cleared any blockages to ensure the drainage systems are operating effectively.

“We continue to monitor the gullies as during this 
time of year leaves may cause an issue as they fall from trees.”