Posted: Sunday 9th July 2017
G is for Gully Cleaning
If your road is flooded, it may be because the roadside gully is blocked, and that’s when our highways teams come into action.
Gully Cleansing Supervisor Alan Kent explains how our highways team works hard to clean the roadside gullies.
He said: “We visit every gully every 18 months. The first thing we do is try to clear the top of the gully. Sometimes it’ll just take someone to clear the leaves off and everything will work, but litter down in drains is a big problem for us. If the water doesn’t run away properly, that is a blocked gully which means that we can then put it into our programme to clear the debris out of the pipework.”
- over 168,000 roadside gullies in Hertfordshire, which need to be kept clear.
- About 7,000 of these are located on high speed roads and are cleaned on a 12 month cycle.
- 6,000, which are known to be prone to flooding, are cleaned every six months.
- The rest are tackled on an 18 month cycle.
Once work on a gully is finished, the highways team will spray it with paint.
“We spray it with yellow paint because we know that the gully has been done and so the members of the public know,” said Alan.
Heavy rainfall will create extra work for the highways team as it often leads to flooding on the roads.
Alan said: “When we do have heavy rainfall, obviously we can have the roads flooded. Most of the time this is because the water table is full up to the top. Normally the water will just go away on its own course. If not, we then do something about it.”
If you see flood water that doesn’t drain away, please report it so we can deal with any problems and check drainage systems to make sure they’re working properly.
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