Living in hope of last ditch solution

PUBLISHED: 13:25 08 February 2007 | UPDATED: 13:48 04 May 2010

STEMMING THE TIDE: Angela Powell’s garden has been flooded since October. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

STEMMING THE TIDE: Angela Powell's garden has been flooded since October. Photo: HELEN DRAKE

A LITTLEPORT woman is at her wits end because her garden has been swamped in water for more than four months, with no hope of draining it. Angela Powell s Willow Court garden was flooded in October when the dyke at the bottom of her garden overflowed. A

A LITTLEPORT woman is at her wits' end because her garden has been swamped in water for more than four months, with no hope of draining it.

Angela Powell's Willow Court garden was flooded in October when the dyke at the bottom of her garden overflowed.

At first, Angela and husband Graham thought the water would drain away, but months later their garden is still submerged in two inches of water, and they haven't been able to find anyone to help them.

"It's taken all of our garden away - I've got five grandchildren who can't go out there because it is just a bog." Angela said.

Angela contacted Anglian Water, which sent out an engineer, but they were unable to help because the flooding is a natural drainage problem caused by a flooded dyke.

She then got in touch with the Environment Agency in a bid to find a solution to the flooding, but they could not intervene because they are responsible for flood warnings and management from rivers and the sea.

"I don't know how we can deal with it because we cannot afford to have the water drained," Angela said.

East Cambridgeshire District Council said the issue was complicated because responsibility for maintenance of the ditch falls on landowners, but has now stepped in to try to resolve the issue.

"We are looking into this and an officer has been sent to

mediate between parties about maintenance of the ditch," a spokesman said.

Mrs Powell said she is hopeful the problem will be resolved.

Officers at the council have also encouraged residents to take care that debris and rubbish is not put in the ditch.

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