Authorities continue battle against Sutton's floods
Authorities are continuing to battle against the floods.
Sutton Council issued a statement today saying it was working with the Environment Agency, Thames Water and Transport for London following the weekend floods.
Carshalton Place, off the high street, on Saturday morning
Heavy rain on Friday meant the River Wandle overflowed into the high street, near Carshalton Place, on Saturday morning and flooded a neighbouring barber shop, Akos Barbers.
The council said it is not responsible for flood prevention to private property but had been working with other organisations to help those affected by the floods or at risk.
The agencies have been clearing the drains and pipes daily to prevent blockages and maintain the flow of water through the sewerage and drainage systems.
The canal in Carshalton
A sewer blockage under Carshalton High Street, which was causing surface water, was removed at the weekend while debris was removed from the canals.
The Environment Agency is visiting Carshalton daily and plans are in place to identify the ongoing flood risk.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, chairwoman of the environment and neighbourhoods committee, said: “Residents and businesses affected by flooding need urgent help and we are working with partner organisations to ensure that it is being provided.
“We have robust plans in place to identify flood risk and ahead of the heavy rain at the weekend the council worked with the Environment Agency and Thames Water to prepare.
“We will continue to work with these organisations and the emergency services to ensure that help is being given to those who need it.”
The council is responsible for managing surface water, groundwater and watercourses while the Environment Agency is responsible for flood protection from canals and rivers and Thames Water is responsible for the drains and sewage system. Transport for London is responsible for maintaining Carshalton High Street.
If you have been affected by flooding caused by overflowing rivers and canals visit environment-agency.gov.uk, call 0845 988 1188 or quickdial on 173813.
Street flooding, caused by overflowing drains, should be reported to the council at sutton.gov.uk or by calling 020 8770 5000.
Have you been affected by the floods? Tell us your story by calling 0208 722 6358 or email email@example.com
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