0 Motcombe flooding: the clean up begins

bowlsA major clean up operation is ongoing to pump water from Motcombe Gardens and the bowling green.

Members of the bowling club, the council's parks and gardens department and firefighters have been manning pumps since Boxing Day to try and clear the bowling green and park after drains leading to the Bourne Street became blocked.

Even Neptune, the statue in the middle of the park, was underwater for much of the festive season.

The flooding started on Christmas Eve with torrential rain and continued until yesterday (Monday) when volunteers were still manning pumps.

Among them were club members Malcolm Fuller, Derek Box and Graham Barnard who were joined by Andrew Tilney from the parks and gardens, Ray Russell from The Landscape Group and Old Town ward councillor Carolyn Heaps.

Derek said, "We have been here from 8am until late in the evening manning the pumps since one of the drains leading to the Bourne Stream was blocked in Lawns Avenue.

"That has been unblocked and we have managed to get rid of nine inches of water in 24 hours but there is still a lot to do.

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