This weekend saw over two weeks’ worth of rain fall over parts of Greater Manchester. In Tameside, effects were felt across the borough. I have been in regular touch with senior officers at Tameside Council and the Environment Agency for updates.
A number of roads were briefly closed, including in Dukinfield and Stalybridge. The closures were as a result of standing water and roads were re-opened yesterday morning.
Sadly once again a number of properties flooded due to surface water ingress, including at Stockport Road and Micklehurst Road in Mossley. This was caused by a section of the Micklehurst Brook culvert surcharging due to high level of flow on this brook and the adjoining Staley Brook. This was further exacerbated by the gratings being blocked by debris just after the confluence of the two brooks.
The Environment Agency attended on Sunday morning to clear the gratings.They further attended the location during Sunday afternoon and Monday morning to continue to remove debris. Rumours that the debris was caused by fly tipping appear to be without foundation. The debris was a mixture of spoil, bricks, and vegetation, thought to be naturally occurring. It appears to be have scoured from the upland areas and carried downstream by the volume of water due to prolonged rain. As I write this culvert is currently flowing correctly.
Tameside Council mobilised a drainage engineer and clearance crews on Sunday to clear local gratings across the borough and officers remained deployed until late evening. I would like to thank all staff for their efforts. The crews will be working until 8pm tonight and will be undertaking a further inspection this evening. The Environment Agency have a grab wagon available and on stand-by.
There was also surcharge water at King Edward Court, Hyde. An underground water course sadly flooded the area around a residential block, causing standing water. There have been historic issues at this location and these are believed to be as a result in the restriction to the capacity of water courses associated with the construction of this block. I am assured that the current situation is being investigated.
Locations were revisited yesterday morning to arrange further clearing of gratings and crews were also deployed to clear debris from local roads.
Tameside Council have recorded over 75 reports of blocked road gullies and these are being cleared by their gully crews.
There is concern about potential thunderstorms and heavy rain this evening, tonight and tomorrow. Teams remain ready to address any issues.
If you are directly affected by flooding and need representation please do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also access the Government’s flood advice here. I continue to push the government for greater investment in North West flood prevention.