Heavy rain leaving us marooned

RESIDENTS have called for action after being regularly marooned by flooding during the recent torrential rainstorms.

People living in Broomfield Crescent say poor drainage means just half an hour of heavy rain can turn their road into a large pond.

The Carrick Knowe street has been under water several times in recent weeks, cutting residents off from their houses. One pensioner even had to create a barricade of plastic recycling boxes to stop her home from flooding.

The council is now promising to discuss with Scottish Water how it can boost drain capacity in flood-prone streets across the city.

The authority said that the main problems have been in low-lying areas with limited drainage capacity, including the New Town, Stockbridge, Cameron Toll, Liberton and Portobello.

Retired civil servant John Ewart, 67, who lives on Broomfield Crescent, caught this dramatic image of his flooded street on Sunday afternoon.

He said: "The drains just can't cope. It rained heavily for half an hour but I hate to think what would have happened if it had been an hour. We are all worried about our houses when it rains."

His neighbour Margaret Smith, who had to foot a 2000 bill in 2003 following flood damage, had to build the makeshift barricade.

The quick-thinking 75-year-old said: "I always have to be watching out for the rain because it regularly floods around here.

"Because I'm at the lowest end of the road my house gets the worst of it. It's a constant worry, especially if I'm out of the house.

"I've complained about it so many times, I've called the council emergency number, Clarence, Scottish Water, but nothing is getting fixed."

Similar flooding problems have been seen across the Lothians in recent days. Fire staff had to attend a house in Avon Road, Cramond, on Sunday after heavy rain started pouring through the roof.

Similar problems forced Portobello baths to be evacuated on Monday, and strong currents in the Water of Leith swept away 1600 plastic ducks during Sunday's annual charity duck race.

Council workers were called out to a number of floods in Midlothian on Tuesday, with worst hit areas including Old Craighall in Cousland, as well as several residential parts of Dalkeith and Mayfield.

A city council spokeswoman said it was developing a "long-term strategic plan" to address the most serious flooding problems.

She added: "We have recently let a multi-million-pound contract which will deal with all the flood-related issues associated with the Braid Burn within the city.

"We are seeking a joint-working strategy with Scottish Water, as the drainage authority, to identify areas where the flooding is due to a deficiency in capacity and to address these problems."

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