Keeping gullies clean and fully operational is our responsibility. Blocked and damaged roadside drains can cause a hazard to highway users, particularly during periods of heavy rain.
Our approach to highway flooding is one of both proactive and reactive maintenance.
- highway gullies are programmed for regular cleaning, which checks that they are fully functioning; this cleaning can also involve water pressure jetting to clear associated pipework
- gullies reported as blocked will be logged and left until the planned visit unless they are causing a health and safety issue
- gullies reported with missing/broken grates will be added to our programme for maintenance of non-urgent works unless they are causing a danger to the public, in such cases they will be dealt with as soon as practicable
- we maintain a database of reported trouble spots where problems reported either by members of the public or by council operatives are kept; these problems are prioritised in accordance with a standard procedure until investigative and remedial works are able to be carried out when maintenance budgets permit
It must be remembered that problems can occur even when drainage provisions are clean and well maintained, for example as a result of:
- exceptional rainfall
- a road being in a low lying area
- changes in 'run off' from adjoining land
- rivers overflowing
- material carried into drains by floods