5 October 2014
Peter Rawcliffe was interviewed by Bill Heine on Radio Oxford, to do with flooding in Normandy Crescent (between Hollow Way and the Eastern By-Pass) caused two weeks ago by a burst water main. About 50 houses were flooded – a catastrophe for many people. The area was flooded by a previous burst seven years ago, very possibly on the same mains pipe. We remember too the burst water main in South Hinksey in February 2012, when several houses were flooded: some were still undergoing repair 18 months later. Edit: to that add the inundation of Earl Street by a burst main in 1990 or 1991. There are probably others.
Do we now have a “new cause” of flooding to add to the list?
- Are these disasters a reflection of a poor state of mains pipes more widely in the Oxford area?
- Can we expect more burst mains as old pipes fail?
- When the repair is done at the site of the rupture, is the rest of the pipe being checked to assess its state?
- If so, is this being acted on speedily?
We hope Thames Water will, in Normandy Crescent (and anywhere else)
- be speedy and thorough in its clear up
- communicate well with residents
- promptly investigate the state of the whole pipe concerned
- make public the results of those investigations
act on them promptly and effectively.