Council to tackle Potterhanworth flooding as more vehicles sink

Lincolnshire County Council will send a tanker to clear drains in Potterhanworth after several drivers became stranded in floodwater.

A Mercedes van driver was the latest victim when they tried to cross the water over the weekend.

As previously reported, vehicles have been caught on camera getting stuck in water under Potterhanworth Bridge on Station Road over the last week.

Oh no not again!

Readers told The Lincolnite they have been pushing the parish and county council to fix drainage issues on the road for more than five years.

The local highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council said the problem is being looked into.

The council said its engineers are in touch with Network Rail to discuss further improvement to the drainage, to avoid future flooding problems.

The local highways manager said: “We’re currently monitoring water levels near the bridge and will be sending a tanker to remove the remaining water and clear the drains once the current water level subsides to a reasonable level.

“An investigation and drainage repairs was carried out here in August 2015, but the system is still struggling to cope with heavy rainfall.

“As a result, our engineers are currently in touch with Network Rail to discuss further improvements to the drainage so flooding like this doesn’t happen in the future.

“In the meantime, we urge all drivers to follow the signage and diversion in place. Many drivers have ignored advanced warnings of the road closure and flooding, resulting in vehicles getting stuck.”

Drivers have been caught on camera in this situation at least three times this week.

“Repairs to the road under the bridge were carried out during October 2018, including patching and surface dressing, to ensure the road remained safe for road users.

“This instance of flooding shouldn’t affect these repairs. However, we’ll be working as quickly as possible to fix the drainage here to ensure any further instances of heavy rainfall don’t damage the new surfacing.”