Council vows to tackle persistent village flooding problem

Residents are increasingly frustrated by a persistent flooding problem plaguing a village near Lincoln, claiming the county council consider it a “low priority”.

However, Lincolnshire County County said it is dealing with the problem in Aubourn village and drains will be flushed out and jetted next week. It said if an underlying problem comes to light any repairs needed would be carried out as soon as possible.

The flooding problem in on Royal Oak Lane in Aubourn was still proving to be an issue on Tuesday, September 24. Photo: Paul Metcalfe

Back in August, Dave Thompson and John Mosedale, who both live in the village, said there has been a problem of flooding on Royal Oak Lane for some time and it gets especially bad during medium to heavy rainfall. One resident claimed it had been ignored by the council for “at least 10 years”.

At the time, the Local Highways Manager said it had been to the site a number of times to investigate the problem and they knew the drain was blocked and were in the process of organising for a contractor to come and clear the blockage.

From March 2018. Photo: David Stubbs

Paul Metcalfe, who is a resident on Royal Oak Lane, contacted The Lincolnite on September 24 and 25 saying flooding  was still causing issues.

He said: “The high volume of traffic travelling through Royal Oak Lane in Aubourn including many HGVs is bad enough for the residents as it is, to compound the problem with heavy traffic navigating through our village when we have a flooded highway has made the situation intorable.

“Despite this, the impression we have in the village is that the necessary structural work required to fix the problem is low priority, otherwise the council would have taken action months ago.”

From February 2019. Photo: David Stubbs.

The Local Highways Manager issued a statement on September 25 saying: “We’ve arranged for the drains to be flushed out and jetted on 3 October. This high pressure jetting and cleaning should clear any blockages, and we hope this will resolve the issue.

“However, if there is an underlying problem which only comes to light whilst on site on the 3rd, such as a collapsed pipe, further works will be required and these will be carried out as soon as possible.”

Video of the Aubourn flooding problem in August: