by David Roberts
IT'S becoming more and more obvious that a full investigation of the subway under St Michael's Way needs to be undertaken, irrespective of whether or not the current flooding and drainage problems can be sorted out in the short term.
I, like many people I'm sure, have been assuming that the underpass has been flooded to such an extent because of a combination of very wet weather and blocked drains.
When you look around the streets of Middlewich you can see that there are many many grids completely blocked and totally incapable of carrying away excess rainwater.
The grids on Newton Heath near to the vets surgery are a case in point.
That underpass has been there since 1972 and Middlewich folklore has it that it was constructed because several MUDC councillors lived on Webbs Lane and wanted an easy way to get across St Michael's Way and into town.
What's giving me pause for thought is that in almost 50 years I don't ever remember the underpass being flooded. Certainly not to the extent that it has this year.
So, has something changed?
Some have suggested that the building work in Darlington Street may have disturbed something.
If it's just blocked drains and too much rain, then all well and good.
But if there is something more serious happening, then we all need to know.
29th October 2021
|Photographs by GARNET MARSHALL 30th October 2021|
Update (1st November 2021):
Following the intervention by the impressive looking team of engineers and what we assume is some kind of high-tech pumping equipment seen in Garnet's photos, we were hoping that the problem could be solved, at least in the short term, although, as Garnet reports above, there were doubts that it could be permanently solved just yet.
Just how much worse the problem was can be seen in these photos, taken by Russell Cooper on Monday 1st November.
Here's an update from Garnet Marshall:
CEC has now raised the issue to Re: Risk of Death or Injury - Flooded underpass in Middlewich. They are now pulling out all the stops to get this sorted as soon as humanly possible. In an email the guy in charge says, 'In the short term I will ask for signs, barriers etc. to be improved and to make it clear that there is a pedestrian crossing not too far away. We will have to get rid of the water so that we can get the camera in to have a look. I’ll make sure that this is given priority'.
Garnet replies: Thank you sir, we can ask for no more.