CHARLES GRAHAM - No excuse for repeat flooding

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A MONTH’S rain fell on Wigan in less than a day last Friday.

Exceptional circumstances, perhaps, but hardly unprecedented, as the folk of lower Springfield need no reminding.

Sandbags, ruined carpets and firefighter rescues have been all too commonplace over the years. And perhaps some residents of Beresford Street and Gorman Street had hoped that the huge dam recently built in the Douglas Valley by the Environment Agency would save them further cost and misery.

No such luck. Apparently the problem is a big drain under the Pagefield Industrial Estate, owned by British Waterways, which gets blocked in downpours.

Given the Groundhog Day flood occurrences on these streets, isn’t it about time the organisation pulled its finger out and spare these good people yet more heartache the next time the heavens open?