Flooding threat will get worse

PUBLISHED: 11:09 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:55 12 May 2010

Heavy rainfall can cause big problems

Heavy rainfall can cause big problems

LAST week Melbourn Parish Council held a meeting to discuss the village s flooding problems in July. The meeting was attended by parish councillors, district councillors and representative from Cambridgeshire County Council. This week a leaflet from the L

LAST week Melbourn Parish Council held a meeting to discuss the village's flooding problems in July.

The meeting was attended by parish councillors, district councillors and representative from Cambridgeshire County Council.

This week a leaflet from the Liberal Democrats is circulating in Meldreth pointing out the flooding problems there.

This highlights the total inadequacy of the present drainage system and the fact there is no authority with overall responsibility for flooding, and more importantly that climate change is most certainly going to mean a great deal more heavy rainfall.

I do not know whether Melbourn has suffered extensively over the years, but here in Meldreth there has been a continual threat.

The photograph was taken four or five years ago, but the scene could have been repeated in the years before.

I should know because my cottage is right on the road and everytime we have heavy rain I am flooded out.

The sheer ineffectiveness of the drains is evident long after the heavy rains as they are always three-quarters full of water which never seems to drain away.

I gather that the county council maintain that its job is to keep the main roads passable, even if there were 6in-9in of water on them.

Nobody evidently wants to face up to the cold fact that the drainage piping requires enlargement if it is going to be able to cope with torrential rain in the future.

MARGARET HUNTER

Keys Cottage

High Street

Meldreth

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