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Working Together in Guernsey to Prevent Flooding

In anticipation of high rainfall this winter, Guernsey Water has been working with States Works and Guernsey Roads to clear the Island’s surface water drainage, pipes, culverts and road gullies in known problem areas.

Since June 2014, approximately 35 - 40 tonnes of silt and vegetation have been recovered from 1km of pipes and culverts, using specialist drain clearing and jetting vehicles. Guernsey Water has also been working in conjunction with parish constables to ensure that the Island’s douits are clear by conducting regular inspections.

Existing Raw Water Outfall to be Upgraded at Bulwer Avenue

Guernsey Water will shortly be upgrading the Richmond Corner raw water outfall which will require the use of temporary traffic lights along Bulwer Avenue.

The project, which is part of a phased workstream that has already seen the upgrading of the Marais Stream Pumping Station, will commence on 4th October and is expected to take 6 weeks to complete. However, the traffic management arrangements along Bulwer Avenue should only be in place for the first week of the project.

Please Keep Streams and Drains Clear of Hedge Cuttings

Guernsey Water is reminding customers to ensure that any streams, drains or culverts on their property must be kept clear of hedge cuttings and rubbish in order to prevent localised flooding during periods of heavy rain.

This is particularly relevant during the hedge cutting times of the year as set by the parish constables (usually the first fifteen days of June and the last fifteen days of September), and it is important that customers understand that they are obliged to prevent the blocking of the surface water infrastructure on their property.

Flooding from Heavy Rainfall

Guernsey Water staff and States Works are working together to get pumping stations operating in order to clear some of the surface water that has caused widespread flooding in the Island.

The stations can divert water to sea, and the intention is to take advantage of the current low tide to get rid of excess water.

Customers are advised to contact the Fire & Rescue Service if flood water has entered their property, or is on the verge of doing so.

Further Information on Le Truchot Wastewater Project

Guernsey Water's forthcoming wastewater flooding alleviation project at Le Truchot will commence on Tuesday 14th January and will incorporate traffic management arrangements and the relocation of the taxi rank.

The traffic management arrangements will consist of limiting the Weighbridge Roundabout to a single traffic lane while work on the roundabout and carriageways is undertaken. Despite this restricted access, one carriageway will remain operational at all times. These arrangements are planned to run from 14th – 26th January.

Le Truchot Project Will Incorporate Night Working and Taxi Rank Move

Guernsey Water's forthcoming project at Le Truchot to alleviate surface water flooding will incorporate 18-hour daily working and the repositioning of the taxi rank.

Starting from 14th January 2014, contractors Geomarine will work from 6am until midnight each day for the first two weeks of the project in order to get the work on and around the roundabout completed as quickly as possible. The decision to extend the working hours was taken after consultation with the Environment Department on the best way to reduce traffic disruption in the area.

Wastewater Project in Le Truchot to Start in 2014

Guernsey Water will be carrying out vital works to alleviate surface water flooding around Le Truchot, St Peter Port, from mid-January 2014.

The work, to be carried out by contractors Geomarine, will involve installing a new surface water sewer from the bottom of Le Truchot to connect to an existing sewer under the Weighbridge roundabout.

Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain!

Guernsey Water is advising people to be careful what they put down the drain in order to avoid sewer blockages which could lead to sewage flooding.

An information flyer has been put together (click here) which demonstrates the problems that blocked sewers can cause, and advises what can safely be put down the drain.

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