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Couple Fight Off Floods

Thursday April 17 2014


Geoff and Julie Priest Geoff and Julie Priest


A COUPLE have been using sandbags for 15 months to stave off flooding at their home on the edge of a building site.

Geoff and Julie Priest's home on Milton Crescent is next to a development of 12 two and three-bedroom detached and semi-detached bungalows.

The pair were alarmed in December 2012 to see 'a torrent' of water heading down the road towards their house and towards the air bricks in their house walls.

Mrs Priest said: "When you see that you just panic that your house is going to flood. Every time it rains the water comes down the road and shoots down our drive into the air bricks and under the house.

"You could smell the damp in the bedrooms before they dried out."

The scheme is for Guinness Northern Counties and is being built by contractors, but has suffered setbacks throughout its build.

Mr Priest has complained to the firm, Barnsley Council, the Highways Agency and various contractors working on site.

Martin Sanderson, project delivery manager for Guinness Northern Counties, said: "We have been in touch with the Priest family and are doing our best to help to resolve issues at their property as quickly as possible.

"Following advice from Barnsley Highways Agency we have instructed our contractors to fit a drainage system that we believe will relieve the current flooding problems."

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Reply Posted by Glen on Monday April 21 2014 at 16:49
Well when you buy a house that is built on a flood plane??.
Not rocket science

Reply Posted by Ian Clarke on Friday April 25 2014 at 23:30
Glen AKA numpty , this property is not built on a flood plain , a quick internet search would determine this . I also assume your spell check was not working this day for all those long 5 letter words you use . A plane has wings !

Reply Posted by king louis on Monday April 21 2014 at 17:41
water runs down hill (it always has done) so if your house is on a hillside then put some drainage on the top side of the building and it should never flood

Reply Posted by queen anne on Monday April 21 2014 at 18:02
king Louis - what a dummy you are. if it was that simple please tell the 100.s of thousands which homes have been flooding all around the country. im sure your advice would go down well with the flooded victims ( my arse)

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Monday April 21 2014 at 18:20
If this was first reported in December 2012 and it's now April 2014 I think Guinness housing have a strange idea of what "as quickly as possible" means.

Reply Posted by Ian Clarke on Friday April 25 2014 at 21:13
Glen AKA numpty , this property is not built on a flood plain , a quick internet search would determine this . I also assume your spell check was not working this day for all those long 5 letter words you use . A plane has wings !

Reply Posted by Ian Clarke on Friday April 25 2014 at 21:16
Not rocket science !!!!



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