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Report Says York Flooding Made Worse By Blocked Sewers

Flooded Road

3:37pm 18th April 2013

A report into flooding in York last year says blocked sewers and broken sluice gates made the problem worse.

19 homes were flooded in Badger Hill after a storm on the 10th June last year, it also closed Hull Road to traffic for five hours. Forty homes had gardens flooded. The report says systems maintained by the city council and Yorkshire Water were blocked by silt, roots and cement grout.

Last September and November, Salisbury Road and Salisbury Terrace had to be closed to traffic in the autumn because rising river levels meant waves from cars driving through flood water put more houses at risk. The sewers in the area have sluice gates called penstocks to stop the river coming into the sewer, an investigation found some were not fully closed and one was open.

The council report says Yorkshire Water has now reviewed it's maintenance and procedures to help improve the situation in future.

Matt Thompson is from the company.


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