Delay into flood probe
Council engineers are waiting for the flow of water in a culvert blamed for flooding on a busy Bath road to subside so that a CCTV investigation can begin.
The culvert was diverted by council workers last week as heavy rain forced the temporary closure of a stretch of Weston Road alongside Royal Victoria Park.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is now waiting for the flow to reduce so that a mobile CCTV camera can pick up clear images of the drainage system to identify where there is a problem.
At various points last week, police became involved, temporary traffic lights were installed and council staff were at the scene monitoring the situation.
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Local councillors say lack of adequate drainage on the road is causing a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
The council said that it had identified a problem with the culvert – an underground tunnel carrying water – beneath the road, which takes surface and spring water from sources in the north of the city.
It said the problem with the culvert had a knock-on effect on gullies in Weston Road, which connect to it, causing them to flood.
B&NES says it does think the problem is related to pipework which used to serve the closed-down boating lake in the park.