Sewer flooding warnings

With groundwater levels still at a record high, Thames Water warned today that the forecast rain is likely to lead to further problems at flooding hotspots on its sewer network.

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Pumping lorries 'a short term fix'

Engineers are using tanker lorries to relieve pressure on overloaded areas of the network is a short-term fix ahead of what the company hopes will be long-term solutions, which will be different for each flooding hotspot.

“Although the bulk of the work on inspecting the state of the sewers cannot be done until they have less water in them, we have already started looking at what we can do to mitigate against this kind of problem in future."

– Bob Collington, Thames Water’s head of operational control

Rivers spill over with more rain on the way

With rivers bursting their banks and groundwater brimming at the surface, the additional rainwater will put additional pressure on the underground sewers which are already full.

The firm, which operates more than 67,000 miles of sewers, has been struggling in some areas to cope with the additional water filling up its pipes.

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