Welwyn residents forced to leave homes due to flooding

PUBLISHED: 10:35 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:49 07 February 2014

Residents in Robbery Bottom Lane, Welwyn have been forced to leave their homes after severe flooding

Residents in Robbery Bottom Lane, Welwyn have been forced to leave their homes after severe flooding

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Residents in Welwyn have been forced to abandon their homes as flood water continues to rise in the lowest parts of the village.

At one property in Robbery Bottom Lane, Welwyn, the water has reached the height of a skip and is continuing to riseAt one property in Robbery Bottom Lane, Welwyn, the water has reached the height of a skip and is continuing to rise

At 7am this morning (Friday) water had risen to the height of a skip in Robbery Bottom Lane sending people fleeing from their houses.

Rohan Wardena, who lives on the road, left this home this morning.

He said: “We are currently under 3ft of water in Robbery Bottom Lane and will need a boat to get out of our house.

“Our neighbours have not been so fortunate and have been flooded out and are now homeless.

“No flood warnings and no river near us just insufficient number of roadside drains.”

He told Councillor Richard Smith: “Our neighbours have had to leave their homes and suspect the will not to go back to them for many months.

“I am about to wade out through our front garden with my wife and daughter before the water gets any higher.

“We were also flooded on Christmas Eve and lost our cars and flooding in garage.

“This is very much worse, we don’t live near any rivers or on a flood plain.

“It is just insufficient roadside drainage to move the water on.

“Unfortunately my house happens to be the lowest point in Lake Robbery Bottom Lane.”

Cllr Smith is now calling for an investigation into the flooding.

“It is very bad,” he told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

“The quantity of water is immense.”

* For pictures of flooding in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Potters Bar and surrounding villages visit here.


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