Lincolnshire residents angry over housing site 'floods'

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Residents whose homes were flooded say their drains cannot cope with what they say is extra water from a nearby housing development.

People living in Riverhead, in Louth, say their homes flooded in June because the estate's drainage system is at a different level to theirs.

Developer Persimmon, which built the estate, said the work had gone through "correct planning and legal channels".

East Lindsey District Council said it would look into the situation.

'Drains in trouble'

John Foulsham, who lives in one of the homes affected, said: "It's obvious that it's the Persimmon building site that's elevated and doesn't run at the same level as our drainage system.

"On 28 June, it flowed off that site like a waterfall, down the road and into our little roads, which were already in trouble because the drains couldn't cope. There's something very, very wrong."

Mr Foulsham added that the flooding problem was "100% definitely the fact that the drains cannot cope with the amount of water".

"In 2007, we had much, much more rain yet only three homes flooded," he said. "This time all nine cottages flooded, water was much deeper and there was far less rain."

Andrew Bowes, managing director of Persimmon, said: "We are very sorry to hear of the damage caused to the homes in Louth.

"Like most of the region, we have suffered from freak weather conditions. All work on our development has gone through the correct planning and legal channels and has been approved by the appropriate authorities."

The authority said it would be discussing "all issues and potential causes" with Lincolnshire County Council and Anglian Water.

James Gilbert, of East Lindsey District Council, said: "We will look at what needs to be done to reduce the potential impact of flooding to properties in the Riverhead area of Louth."

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