Villagers in Wilsden frustrated over flood response

Ronnie Bagdonavicius highlights some of the flooding

Ronnie Bagdonavicius highlights some of the flooding

First published in News

Urgent investigations into further flooding and floating sewage at Crack Lane, Wilsden, are taking place after a dozen residents took their concerns to a parish council meeting.

Repeat problems of waste water filling drives and gardens during last weekend are now being investigated by Bradford Council and Yorkshire Water, who carried out a CCTV survey of a sewer yesterday.

Parish councillor Tony Caunt said many of the residents were frustrated by the pace of action.

He said: “There was another severe flood of effluent on the Friday night and more problems over the weekend in Crack Lane.

“One gentleman reported there was up to three feet of water in his back garden,” Coun Caunt said.

“I understand Yorkshire Water are now investigating the possibility of blockages in drainage pipes which should carry away water from the Harron Homes development above Crack Lane.”

Bradford councillor for Bingley Rural, Michael Ellis was at the meeting and said he believed Yorkshire Water was also checking to see if surface rainwater on the site had drained directly into the existing sewerage system.

“Flooded rainwater should never be allowed to enter the foul sewerage system and I understand that is also something they are looking into.

“The people who came on Monday night were almost apologetic and saying: “We’re sorry, but we just have to tell somebody and nobody is doing anything.”

Coun Ellis said he was already in contact with Bradford’s planning department who had assured him they too were investigating the Crack Lane flooding problems.

Ian Horsfall, Bradford Council’s Planning Manager confirmed their experts were working to establish the source of the problems: “We are still investigating the cause of the flooding along with Yorkshire Water as a matter of urgency.”

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water added yesterday: “We carried out a CCTV survey of the sewer today with a view to finding the source of the problem. The findings of our investigation will be reviewed by the end of the week. We are working closely with Bradford Council and the developers of the new housing estate to find a solution.”

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