‘We were 30 minutes away from houses being flooded’: Residents on the Willows estate speak out about scare

The scene over fields near the Willows estate yesterday morning (Monday)

The scene over fields near the Willows estate yesterday morning (Monday)

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Residents on the Willows estate in Aylesbury encountered a close call yesterday morning (Monday) after floodwater got close to their homes.

The flooding was caused by debris blocking the trash screen in the stream near to their houses.

Residents remove debris from the brook near to the Willows estate yesterday morning (Monday)

Residents remove debris from the brook near to the Willows estate yesterday morning (Monday)

Chair of the Willows flood group Gary Wade said: “We were about 30 minutes away from houses being flooded.

“Residents in Dormer Close had their gardens flooded.

“We rung the Bucks County Council emergency numbers to ask about the pumps stored at the Griffin Lane depot but when we got through the person on the phone did not know anything about them.”

The pumps were part of £340,000 worth of flood defences bought with a Government grant, which aim to stop a repeat of the floods which affected 79 homes on the estate in February 2014.

Mr Wade added: “In the end we had to call the fire brigade who attended within minutes.

“Residents had started to clear the trash screen, but it a dangerous procedure and should really be attempted by trained professionals such as the Environment Agency or the fire brigade.

“They turned up about 30 minutes later and the blockage was removed – it was large tree trunks and some sort of mattress/sofa sponge item, and the houses were saved.”

A Bucks County Council spokesman said: “Following calls from a number of sources to our out of hours officers regarding concerns over potential flooding on the Willows over the weekend, the appropriate Transport for Buckinghamshire and emergency response teams were notified and attended site.

“Working with the emergency services, work was undertaken to alleviate the concerns, water levels were seen to subside and there was no need to deploy further flood defences.”