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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Ad designed in reaction to Stonewall campaign

The Core Issues Trust had asked the judge to rule that the charity was unlawfully denied the freedom to express its views on homosexuality.

Their advert had been intended as a response to a bus poster campaign by gay rights group Stonewall, which carried the message: "Some people are gay. Get over it!"

Gay rights group Stonewall had run a poster campaign on London buses. Credit: Stonewall.

Paul Diamond, appearing for Core Issues, contended that the trust was equally entitled to express its view on the sides of buses, and to have its right to freedom of expression protected under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

He said the Trust had nothing but "utter respect for people struggling with same-sex attraction" and denied that it was attempting to offer a so-called "gay cure".

Flood water entering sewers

Thames Water says that flood water is entering the sewers at Hambleden in Buckinghamshire and Playhatch near Reading.

A statement on the company's website said:

"Floodwater is going into our sewers. Normally our network can cope with this, but high groundwater is going into the sewers as well, tipping the balance and overwhelming the system.

"Our sewers are designed to take only wastewater from homes and businesses, not rivers and groundwater too.

"Some people have suffered horrible flooding to their properties. We are working with partner agencies and our engineers are doing all they can to help."


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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
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