Kennington residents have recently been invited by Thames Water to attend a drop-in session at Kennington Village Hall where representatives from the company were on hand to discuss the work the waste water company would be doing in their area over the coming months.
There have been many instances of sewer flooding in Kennington over the last few years with problems exacerbated by the increased number of heavy rain storms the UK now sees. The work will see the closure of Kennington road for a week and will see a second surface water sewer installed which will take waste water away from Kennington Road to Hinksey drain.
When the flooding is really bad it can also affect the main line railway between Oxford and London. Thames Water will be working with Network Rail, The Environment Agency and local councils to instigate the sewer upgrade and repairs.
The head of programme delivery at Thames Water, Andrew Popple, said:
“Flooding is utterly miserable and even if it only lasts a few hours, the damage, disruption and distress can last for months. We are committed to do everything we can to protect our customers.
“Hearing from the local community about the work we are about to do is really important to us because we are committed to reducing disruption where we can. This drop-in is about giving people the information they need from us to help them get on with their daily lives while we do this essential, but disruptive work.”