The rain intensity alarm went off twice yesterday morning as rain poured down on Feniton.
It meant that our Saturday morning lives were put on hold (again) as we rushed out to sweep leaves from drain covers and place sandbags strategically around the village.
The drains are as clear as they will ever be as Devon County officers have been responding quickly to requests to clear them.
Water rushed off the field behind Mount View and on into Station Road. A spring rises in this field and the water follows its natural course down through the estate across land once called ‘Pond Field’. It beggars belief that 40 or so years ago, it was considered a sensible proposition to build here and, as a village, we are still paying the price.
We swept the top of Station Road of mud and leaves to stop them blocking the drains further down the system.
We checked the play area at the back of the allotments where water was pouring from the Wainhomes site. The temporary attenuation tanks are now in place and Wainhomes have dug a wide trench in the bottom corner of their development and this was full and overtopping with the base of the swings in the Parish Council play area under silty water.
We decided to form a rota and check the site on an hourly basis.
I arrived home to find messages and emails from worried residents who had sewage rising from manhole covers in their gardens and gurgling sounds coming from pipework in their houses.
It’s a continuing and unrelenting saga … and it’s disrupting residents’ lives on a regular basis.
Feniton needs its flood alleviation scheme and it needs it quickly.