Draining the swamp at Hinxton!
Low-lying Hinxton attracts an awful lot of water. Even a shortish period of rain sees the water settling at the end of the High Street at the junction with North End Road. The drains are supposed to take the water through a soakaway onto farm land, but a combination of tree roots, filled up soakaways and some inadequate piping has conspired so that residents suffer from serious flooding, and have to wade to their cars.
After a few false starts the highways crew came out this morning under the supervision of the highly experienced and practical Peter Taylor, and we watched them have a go at jetting the blockages through, eventually using a very powerful hose that cleared some areas, but exposed what needs to be done by more specialist equipment. We have agreed with local residents that I will contact the land agents to get the soakaways on the farm land cleared while the highways team will work on sorting out the tree roots.
Many of these village drainage systems are based on medieval solutions that have been adopted and added to over the generations. Even the most powerful machinery cannot always defeat the forces of nature.