Flooding to Properties on Almshouse Lane, Wakefield
fig 1: Example of flooding to a shared driveway used by several properties on Almshouse Lane
Several properties on Almshouse Lane have repeatedly been subjected to flooding over the last few years.
The flooding has come about as the result of several separate problems.
Blocked Road Drains.
- We have instances where some drains are blocked, and other instances where the flow of water to the drain itself has been blocked or diverted.
- In one area the relative height of the KERB has been reduced due to road resurfacing. As a result, running water flows off the road surface, onto the footpaths, and then onto private property.
- The problems are partially exacerbated by the fact that a huge section of Almshouse lane does not have any road drainage whatsoever. Water runs down the length of the road, accumulates, then simply bypasses or floods the inadequate road drains mentioned above.
The following maps, photos and videos below should help highlight the problems...
fig 2: The above map of Almshouse Lane and the surrounding area illustrates the flow of water / problem flood area. Note that the area of road adjacent to the red arrows does not have any road drainage.
fig 3: The above map illustrates a more detailed flow of the water from a different angle. Note that the main flow / problem areas have been highlighted - however, all properties within this image have been affected by surface run off to some degree.
Specific Problem Areas Detailed Below:
fig 4: Specific problem areas demarcated on the above map. Images below correlate to points A,B and C.
fig 5 (A. Low KERB): Water can clearly be seen flowing over the blocked drain and diverting over the low KERB and onto the footpath / private property. You can clearly see the damage the repeated flooding has caused to the private road surface on the right of the image.
fig 6 (B. Blocked or Inadequate Road Drains): The drain on the right of the photo is blocked, The drain on the left of the photo receives little or no water, due to the camber of the road and the blocked gully (water can clearly be seen sweeping across the road from the left to the right of this image).
fig 6a (B. Blocked or Inadequate Road Drains): Close up of the drain which receives no surface run off - the channel leading to it is blocked by vegetation, and the camber of the road means that the water flows toward the properties on the right.
fig 7 (C. No Drains): Almshouse Lane does not have any road drains between the junction at Wood lane, and the right hand turn at the bottom of the road.