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Woman claims work to repair traffic lights has led to her driveway flooding

PUBLISHED: 16:43 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:43 09 August 2018

Jeanette Tuck, 75 and neighbour Ray Burgess Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Jeanette Tuck, 75 and neighbour Ray Burgess Picture: ADAM HOWLETT


A woman from Rushmere St Andrew claims repairs to a set of traffic lights close to her home last year have led to her drive-way flooding ever since.

Woodbridge Road flooding Picture: JENNY BURGESS
Woodbridge Road flooding Picture: JENNY BURGESS

Jeanette Tuck, 75, of Woodbridge Road, said since Suffolk Highways replaced the traffic lights at the junction with Beech Road in July 2017, water washes onto the front of her property whenever the heavens open.

As Mrs Tuck’s home is next to the busy road into Ipswich, dirt, grime, oil and brake dust from vehicles collect on the pavement close to her home.

When it rains, this grime washes into her driveway, leaving a layer of black scum.

Mrs Tuck said it is costly and time consuming to remove the layer, and that the polluted rainwater is killing bushes at the front of her home.

Woodbridge Road flooding Picture: JENNY BURGESSWoodbridge Road flooding Picture: JENNY BURGESS

She thinks the problem has been caused by the road not being scraped enough when it was resurfaced, meaning the road is higher than her drop curb.

“It has always been a problem but it is much worse now they have done the repair work,” she said.

“As soon as it rains the water just comes pouring in.

“When they put in the new traffic lights they resurfaced the road.

Woodbridge Road flooding Picture: JENNY BURGESS
Woodbridge Road flooding Picture: JENNY BURGESS

“It is flush with the curb now so when it rains it just gushes in.”

She said that in the winter, the problem becomes worse, not just because of the rise in rainfall, but because salt used to grit the roads washes onto her property, killing anything growing there.

With the help of friend and neighbour Ray Burgess, Mrs Tuck said has she informed Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Highways of the problem but has hit a brick wall.

Mr Burgess added: “We tried contacting them many months ago but have got nowhere.

“The drainage grills up the road do not work properly either.

“When they put the roller over the resurfaced road it looks like it curled up tarmac inside the grills.”

He said it means water is not diverted away from the road but runs down the side of the curb instead, flooding into Mrs Tuck’s driveway.

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said: “Our teams are aware of the ongoing concerns along Woodbridge Road and the issues are currently under investigation. We will be able to provide a more detailed update within the next week.”

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