Dad at ‘wit’s end’ after house floods for second time this year

A Cambridgeshire dad-of-four says he is at his wit’s end after being flooded for the second time this year.

Justin Mannion’s home in Great Abington, Cambridgeshire faced severe damage after the most recent deluge which affected three bedrooms and two bathrooms. He has also spent thousands of pounds on vets’ bills for his two horses, whose fields were submerged as a result of a flood in February.

As well as the damage to his property on the High Street, the 40-year-old was also hurt after falling off a curb that was covered by the water, injuring his head and shoulder. He says his mental health has taken a toll too.

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But despite seeking help from the authorities after the first flood the facilities manager fears no action is being taken.

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Mr Mannion said: “I think it’s taking away my human rights, their water is not allowed on my property and they’re refusing to do anything about it and no one in authority will help or even acknowledge it.”

Mr Mannion said the floodwater is coming directly off the road into his home due to the drains terminating outside his property becoming overwhelmed.

He has approached Anglian Water and Cambridgeshire County Council, which is responsible for the highway.

Justin Mannion from Gt Abington in Cambridgeshire, whose house has again been flooded.
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An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “Flooding is often an extremely complex issue with many different owners for parts of the drainage network such as highways, local councils and even private owners, as well as ourselves.

“Following the heavy rainfall earlier this week, our engineers have checked the sewer network in Great Abington and confirmed it is working as it should.

“When we have periods of intense rainfall, it can cause standing water to build up on hard surfaces because it can’t drain away fast enough. Surface water flooding like this, is a bit like a bath plughole and it takes time for the water to drain away.”

This is the second time this year Justin Mannion’s home has flooded
This is the second time this year Justin Mannion’s home has flooded
(Image: CambridgeshireLive)

A county council spokesman added: “The council is aware of the drainage issues in High Street Great Abington. An officer attended site yesterday to view the situation after the heavy rainfall this week as part of a process to determine if future works are required at this site.”

Mr Mannion says the local primary school, which his children attend, around 40 metres from his house has raised concern for the safety of its pupils.

He said: “I’ve had an email from the headmaster and the school safety officer saying it’s a serious risk for the children safety and the public around the school.”

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