Flood victims joy after special talks

Waterlogged residents have successfully campaigned to have flood prevention measures installed in their area. Representatives of Maida Vale Flood Acton met with Thames Water at City Hall before Christmas to present the findings of their extensive survey

Waterlogged residents have successfully campaigned to have flood prevention measures installed in their area.

Representatives of Maida Vale Flood Acton met with Thames Water at City Hall before Christmas to present the findings of their extensive survey of the Shirland Road Area in Maida Vale, which has suffered severe flooding in two out of the past three summers as has nearby Kilburn Road, Cambridge Gardens and West Hampstead last year.

Group member, Julia Neal said: "We had a very positive meeting. They accepted our data about 144 properties that we know for a fact had been flooded.

"We estimated that there are probably 400 affected in the area, and we explained that we can't get the details for all of them.


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"Basically, since we first met with Thames Water in November it has already set the wheels in motion and we're definitely within their budget [for improving water systems] as long as there's nobody with a worse problem.

"So what we need is for people to fill out the reporting flooding form.'

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"It would be a great shame if at this point we ended up losing out to another area because people can't be bothered to fill out a form."

The company promised to carry out an engineering evaluation to decide what structural changes must be made to the water system.

It will meet with the group again in May to propose a solution by early summer.

Ms Neal added: "I'm very pleased at their attitude to Maida Flood Action. They readily accept that their customer service had been inadequate or inappropriate or both."

To report flooding problems visit maidafloodaction.blogspot.com

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