Flooded Linden residents seek reassurance about future of their homes
FLOODED residents in Linden have been seeking assurances that their homes would be protected from water in the future.
Many homes were damaged after the 2007 Gloucestershire floods, but Severn Trent Water is spending £28 million on flooding mechanisms in the area including increasing the capacity of the sewer system and upgrading the systems at the Netheridge Sewerage Treatment Works.
Dozens of residents attended the special meeting of the Linden Residents' Association on Tuesday at St Stephen's Church in Bristol Road, to which officers from Severn Trent were also invited along with members of Gloucester City Council.
Residents were keen to stress their worries of future floods happening in the area and were relieved to hear of the work which is still ongoing.
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Wayne Ellis, solutions manager at Severn Trent, said: "It was a very cordial meeting and we're happy to allay as many fears as possible by telling them what we have been up to.
"We have been able to increase the capacity of the sewers as well as upgrading the pumps to take away any excess water.
"Residents were also concerned that the gullies could still be blocked but officers from the city council were able to talk to them about that.
"The work we have done will make the whole system more resilient and now the pumps should be more reliable.
"If we have an incident like we had in 2007 when we lost our power supply, hopefully that should not happen again because we will have onsite standby generators.
"The work at the treatment works should be finished by Summer 2013 and by the time it is finished we will have significantly reduced the risk of flooding."
He added that he was happy with the feedback from residents.
Lyn Ackroyd, chairman of the residents association said the evening had been a big success.
She said: "A lot of the people were satisfied with the answers but you can understand their worries. Many received compensation after the floods in 2007 but it meant some could no be longer insured."