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Residents of flooded Smallfield homes call for council to clear drains

By Tandridge Mirror  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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RESIDENTS could only watch helplessly as water rose around their properties over the weekend.

Homes in Chapel Road, Smallfield, have been swamped in the past and this week's heavy rain has led to further fears of flooding.

The affected homeowners say the drains are unable to cope with sudden downpours and have pleaded with Surrey County Council to help clear them.

They were out until midnight two months ago, brushing the muddy water away from their properties.

Paul Simmons has lived in Chapel Road since 2000. His garden flooded last year.

"We regularly request the council clear the debris from the culvert but when they do, they sometimes pile it up on the bank, but it soon washes back into the stream again and blocks the grates," he said.

"As for Chapel Road, until something is done to enable the water from the road to flow away unrestricted, we will continue to suffer floods to our properties."

Another resident with similar issues is retired sales woman Marion Dollemore, who says she finds herself "on edge".

"As soon as I hear the rain coming down, I panic," she said.

"We have had this problem for years. The water comes at the house from both directions and it stands around my property. I find myself watching the water getting closer and closer to my front and back doors."

Surrey County Council has tried to clear the road gullies but residents say the problem lies with the road water pipes being unable to cope.

Surrey County Council had not responded as the Mirror went to press.

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