THERE were sighs of relief as Millbrook and Demesne Drive, Stalybridge, escaped repeats of last year’s floods during heavy rainfall in September.
And that was put down to work undertaken since the much-publicised problems of November 2016.
While Micklehurst was again badly hit with Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, renewing calls for a need to upgrade the infrastructure.
“We have had two floods in less than a year so that needs looked at because when there is intense rain drains cannot cope,” he explained.
Mr Reynolds visited victims of the recent floods in Micklehurst, but also the two areas of Stalybridge to see how they fared.
He said: “I also went to look at the areas that flooded last time to see how they coped.
“On Demesne Drive, where significant works are planned to increase the size of the screen over the culvert, the enlarged grids put in coped well.
“At Millbrook, which was so badly hit last time, the engineers have rebuilt the road to ensure the water drains off on the other side and can now escape through a tunnel under the bridge rather than behind the houses.
“However, there is also a capital bid in to further improve this system. We clearly need improved flooding infrastructure.”
Mr Reynolds inspected the flood damage and talked to residents, council engineers and the Environment Agency about what happened.
In Micklehurst he discovered one of the culverts that runs under Micklehurst Road had become blocked with debris.
Mr Reynolds continued: “The engineers were able to identify this fairly quickly and begin excavations to clear it. The council did this work and supported the properties particularly affected, which I’m very grateful for.
“One thing I was surprised to learn is that where a culvert runs underneath your property it is the responsibility of the landowner. I don’t think this is commonly known and, if you are in this position, you might want to ensure you have specific insurance to cover it.
“After every flood like this the relevant agencies have to do a report analysing what occurred, and I think it might be worth having a meeting after this so that people can understand what happened and ask questions.
“In the meantime, a big thank you to all those people who worked hard to get the water levels down and assist those in need.”
Mr Reynolds continued: “Since the floods last November I have been active nationally fighting for greater investment in and attention to flood prevention, making speeches in parliament, and working with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Flooding.
“Flooding devastates communities and I will continue to do all I can to ensure residents of Mossley, Stalybridge, Longdendale, Hyde and Dukinfield are better protected.
Mr Reynolds added in last year’s floods, 80 properties in his constituency of Stalybridge, Mossley and Hollingworth were flooded as well as roads being closed in Ashton, Stalybridge and Hattersley.
He is also calling for a public meeting to be held after Tameside Council’s section 19 Flood Risk Management Strategy report is completed.
Mr Reynolds continued: “It is distressing for people to deal with flooding.
“We need to analyse and investigate what went wrong and there is a need to reassure them.
“Once the official report of the experts is completed, a public meeting would be useful for residents to hear from the Environment Agency and Tameside Council.”