Council working around the clock to keep borough moving despite rain

As rain continues to be forecast in Merton this week, the council is working around the clock to help keep the borough moving.

Flooding story Mark Stirling (right) and Nigel Keen (left) of Waste Services 2

Mark Stirling (right) and Nigel Keen (left) of Merton Council’s waste services team in Mitcham on Tuesday, June 21.

Merton Council’s dedicated teams have been working day and night over the last few weeks to:

  • Carry out detailed investigations and gully cleansing in high flood risk areas.
  • Check grills across the rivers to make sure they are free flowing and if debris has been found on the grills, it has been cleared.
  • Report any blockages found on sewers to Thames Water to take action.
  • Resolve the reported ponding issue at the bridge over the River Wandle by clearing blockages at Plough Lane, Wimbledon.
  • Inspect pumping stations, such as the pump under the Raynes Park railway bridge and clear the gullies there and on Coombe Lane outside Raynes Park station.

Flooding portrait Mark Stirling (right) and Nigel Keen (left) of Waste Services

Mark Stirling (right) and Nigel Keen (left) of Merton Council’s waste services team in Mitcham on Tuesday, June 21.

The council has worked closely with Wandsworth Council to ensure they are aware of any issues that fall across the borough boundary. This includes areas such as the roundabout of Wimbledon Road, Summerstown, and Plough Lane.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Housing, Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We are very grateful for the teams who have spent so long out on the streets cleaning the gullies, investigating blockages and clearing debris.

“The level and intensity of the rainfall experienced has exceeded the volume and capacity of most of the highway drains and sewers in many places, and our dedicated teams have been working day and night to help alleviate flooding.”

Report flooding in your area, find out if you are at risk of flooding or find out what to do if your area is flooded on the Merton Council website www.merton.gov.uk/environment/flooding.htm