Council hopes drains repairs will protect Plymouth flooding hotspot Wolseley Road
A NEW highway drain has been installed and another repaired on Wolseley Road, one of Plymouth's worst flooding hotspots.
The council hopes that drains will help to keep the road open during heavy rain.
Wolseley Road is one of the city's busiest, but flooding has forced it to be closed a number of times.
Contractors tracked down the causes of the flooding last year and work was done in November to repair one collapsed drain pipe and to install a new one.
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A council spokeswoman said that since then Wolseley Road had been closely monitored and no flood incidents relating to the highway drains had been reported, even during the severe wet weather at the end of November and December.
Council leader and ward councillor Tudor Evans said: "I am very pleased to see that the problem of repeated flooding on this very busy road has been addressed so successfully.
"It's impossible to guarantee any location will never flood again as this is dependent on so many factors, but we are committed to improving Plymouth's road network so it is as resilient as possible, even during severe weather."
The spokeswoman said work had also been carried out at other flood hotspots, including Bretonside Bus Station, where a larger pipe was installed to increase drainage capacity and prevent a pedestrian walkway from flooding.
The council, South West Water and the Environment Agency recently agreed in principle to bring forward construction of a flood defence scheme for Colebrook, with a view to starting between October and December this year.
Blocked highways drains or gullies can be reported by email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01752 668000 or use the online form at www.plymouth.gov.uk/highwaysform.