Part of street flooded in Bank Holiday weekend downpour (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Part of Overton Drive in Wanstead flooded in Bank Holiday weekend downpour
There was a wet start to the Bank Holiday weekend in Redbridge with heavy rain and even flooding in one Wanstead street.
Parts of Overton Drive's road surface and pavement were submerged in several inches of water after a torrential downpour on Saturday lunchtime, although no property was damaged.
It appears to have been an isolated incident, with no other reports of flooding in Wanstead and Woodford, while the banks of the River Roding held firm.
Resident Peter Jenkins, 38, said: "We normally get a bit of surface water when there's heavy rain but this was the worst I've ever seen it.
"Thames Water put in some new drains a while back but the rain was so heavy I don't think they could cope”.
Another resident, who did not want to give her name, told the Guardian she had to climb along her front garden wall to reach her front door because the floodwater in her driveway was so deep.
Most of the water eventually drained away after about two hours, residents said.
It came just as the Environment Agency began the first stage of its two-year project to minimise the risk of flooding in the Woodford Green area.
The organisation is planning on installing new pumping stations on the Winn brook and at Charlie Brown's roundabout, which will divert surface water into the River Roding during heavy downpours.
A new flood storage area is also planned next to Chigwell Road.
Work began last week with agency staff carrying out preparatory testing of the ground.
A spokesman said: "The outcomes of this investigation will be finalised in September and we will feed these into our designs for each of the sites.”
The agency hopes that the extra measures will reduce the risk of a major flood in Woodford per year from a 1 in 20 chance to 1 in 75.
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