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PostSubject: The Loanburn   Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:13 pm

Once again the residents of John Street (between Quadrant & Tesco petrol station) awoke to find the Loanburn had once again burst its banks and the gardens where completely flooded, Eastfield Drive was under water at its bridge over the Loanburn and water that was pouring over the wastland behind Tesco was finding its way into the Tesco delivery bay. Now the rain yesterday (Tues Jan 23rd) was heavy at times and overnight into Wednesday which when combined with snow melt resulted in the build up of water at Eastfield. Apparently the issue is with the path the water takes under Eastfield Drive and under the wasteland, the pipe that carries the water was damaged when extension work was done by Nobles which was repaired but not properly so a blockage occurs as the water simply cannot flow through in any great volume. The council put in a temporary fix by creating a hole in the wasteland area that the water can escape out and to compound it all wire mesh is in place to stop rubbish flowing under the road and creating a blockage but the trapped rubbish simply blocks the path of the burn... Anyhow this is the 3rd time in less than 12 months that flooding has occured. I'm told that one issue is that the council can't get anyone to accept liabilty for the land but something has to be done, not only are the ground floor properties at risk of flooding each time this happens but the build of water in the burn at Eastfield is such that anything or anyone falling in it I'd suggest wouldn't get back out - this build up occurs regularly as recently as over the Christmas & New Year period but the 'fix' helped releave the issue and flooding did not occur.
Anyone that walks along the Loanburn and in particularly along past the nice new flats at Eastfield Way will know that rubbish is an issue, the issue being that if wheelie bins are blown over or people drop it no-one picks it up and in turn this ends up going down the embankment into the burn and helps create the problem... Argghh and of course as the gardens got flooded the wheelie bins full of rubbish ended up floating about along with the contents so its now a clearup operation.... Rant over for now...
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PostSubject: Re: The Loanburn   Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:42 pm

Typical problems caused by the "zero maintainance" policy which councils seem to love, even though it will end up costing them more money in the long run. It would probably need both Tesco and the petrol station to be flooded out before they do anything. Can local residents still get insurance for their homes in this area?
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PostSubject: Re: The Loanburn   Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:13 pm

Last Wednesday, all day Thursday and part of Friday they had a pump on Eastfield Drive that helped drastically reduce the water level then along came a few showers on Saturday and a bit of rain on Sunday and wey hey water level right back up again although thankfully not enough to overspill, then the level dropped quite neatly through Monday into Tuesday only for the Tuesday night rain to bring the level straight back up again...
The other thing is that when the burn does swell up the depth of water behind the Tesco garage must be quite considerable, the path has been blocked off by a barrier but should anyone or anything have the misfortune to fall it I'd doubt a postive outcome...

Ah the joys of watching the weather forcast and thinking ah sh!* here we go again whenever anything more than a passing shower is forecast!!
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