'There is nowhere for the water to go'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The River Roding at Woodford Green this evening The River Roding at Woodford Green this evening

Residents are preparing for the worst as water levels in the River Roding continue to rise.

The Lower River Roding was placed on flood alert last night after rain draining down from the upper catchment caused levels to rise.

According to the Environmental Agency, some low-lying land, roads and gardens next to the river are likely to flood, and surface water flooding is expected in some areas.

Valerie Wolfson, of Peaketon Avenue in Ilford, is worried about what will happen if the river breaks its banks.

She said: “I always hear about the river being on flood alert, and touch wood, it hasn’t actually flooded yet today – although it is running very fast.

“If it does flood the water will just come out onto the earth, which will break underneath it – there is nowhere for the water to go, which is worrying.

“It would be good if there were loudspeakers or something installed round here so people would know when the river is likely to flood.

“People without internet have no idea otherwise.”

Showers are expected later today and levels are expected to rise further due to heavy rain expected tomorrow.

George Iveson, of Roding Lane South, is avoiding the river after noticing it was flowing fast.

He said: “I went down there today to walk my dog along the path but it was completely sodden and the river was running fast, so I came back up and kept to the pavement.

“If anyone was to fall into there I dread to think what would happen. 

“If the weather is due to get worse I won’t be going near there for a while – the river bank breaks so easily.”

Areas which could be affected by possible flooding include Wanstead, Ilford, South Woodford, Woodford Green, East Ham and Barking.

Gants Hill tube station remains closed due to flooding caused by the bad weather this morning. 

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4:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

Lack of dredging and drain clearing is causing flooding where there should be none. I remember a time when our street drains were cleared regularly. Flooding in Lower hall Lane, Chingford (some while back) was made worse by blocked drains according to the attending fire service officers.
Lack of dredging and drain clearing is causing flooding where there should be none. I remember a time when our street drains were cleared regularly. Flooding in Lower hall Lane, Chingford (some while back) was made worse by blocked drains according to the attending fire service officers. myopinioncounts

11:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
Lack of dredging and drain clearing is causing flooding where there should be none. I remember a time when our street drains were cleared regularly. Flooding in Lower hall Lane, Chingford (some while back) was made worse by blocked drains according to the attending fire service officers.
Where do you think the water goes when you dredge? Dreading word flavour of the month?
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: Lack of dredging and drain clearing is causing flooding where there should be none. I remember a time when our street drains were cleared regularly. Flooding in Lower hall Lane, Chingford (some while back) was made worse by blocked drains according to the attending fire service officers.[/p][/quote]Where do you think the water goes when you dredge? Dreading word flavour of the month? Villagecranberry

11:08am Fri 31 Jan 14

Alan_1976 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
myopinioncounts wrote:
Lack of dredging and drain clearing is causing flooding where there should be none. I remember a time when our street drains were cleared regularly. Flooding in Lower hall Lane, Chingford (some while back) was made worse by blocked drains according to the attending fire service officers.
Where do you think the water goes when you dredge? Dreading word flavour of the month?
http://www.guardian-
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Make up your mind Cornbeefur. Do you want dredging or not?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: Lack of dredging and drain clearing is causing flooding where there should be none. I remember a time when our street drains were cleared regularly. Flooding in Lower hall Lane, Chingford (some while back) was made worse by blocked drains according to the attending fire service officers.[/p][/quote]Where do you think the water goes when you dredge? Dreading word flavour of the month?[/p][/quote]http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/10 974183.Low_lying_lan d_and_gardens__likel y_to_flood_/ Make up your mind Cornbeefur. Do you want dredging or not? Alan_1976

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