Downpours lead to flooding misery

Residents of Hastings Avenue in Bispham were preparing for the worst after a morning deluge brought flood waters to within inches of their doorstep.'Residents, including the Maxwell family, watch anxiously for the water to subside.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-8-2012

Residents of Hastings Avenue in Bispham were preparing for the worst after a morning deluge brought flood waters to within inches of their doorstep.'Residents, including the Maxwell family, watch anxiously for the water to subside. PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-8-2012

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A DELUGE of rain turned this Bispham road into a river.

Residents on Hastings Avenue said they were left stranded and fearing for their properties as they watched water levels rise to their doorsteps after the downpours on Saturday morning.

Residents of Hastings Avenue in Bispham were preparing for the worst after a morning deluge brought flood waters to within inches of their doorstep.'The road becomes a river.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-8-2012

Residents of Hastings Avenue in Bispham were preparing for the worst after a morning deluge brought flood waters to within inches of their doorstep.'The road becomes a river. PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-8-2012

The Council, fire staff and United Utilities were unable to offer assistance.

Households along the road said they were on tenterhooks all weekend as the rain continued to pour.

Elaine Maxwell, 48, said: “As soon as the rain started our road started flooding. We rang various people for help because the water wasn’t moving but we couldn’t get anyone out.”

Mrs Maxwell said when the road had flooded in the past, council staff had been out to open a grid which allowed water to wash away.

But she was unable to get in touch with anyone over the bank holiday weekend, she said.

The authority is no longer in a position to hand out sandbags to flood-fearing residents.

Mrs Maxwell added: “The council normally come out and open the grid but they said it’s not their job now.

“Why can’t they leave it open all the time?

“I don’t know whether the grid is blocked or this where the grids all meet.

“Usually every time we get a downpour this happens but I’ve never seen it this bad.

“It’s almost in the house, it’s in the garden and up the driveway.”

A severe weather warning was issued on Friday, forecasting torrential rain and thunderstorms over the weekend.