Poor drainage has contributed to flooding in areas on Aldershot, creating access problems for many businesses
Poor drainage caused an important road for many businesses to grind to a halt, as heavy rainfall caused problems in the town.
An area of Eastern Road, which lies in an industrial area of North Town and is home to several businesses, was underwater for most of October 21 after a downpour the previous night.
Large amounts of standing water also appeared in other areas of Aldershot, including at the bus stop in Thornhill Road on October 23 after a thunderstorm the night before.
So deep was the resulting puddle in Eastern Road that workers and customers were left struggling to access the businesses.
Craig Hicks, an employee at Rossetts Commercials, said the flooding, right outside the garage, was a regular occurrence and the yard had also once flooded.
He called for more work to be done to clear drains, as this had helped alleviate the problem previously.
He said: “There must be something up with the drains because every time you get a prolonged amount of rain you get the road filling up.
“It was hammering down on Sunday and now it’s like a big pond. I drove through it and my exhaust was steaming. We have had vehicles get stuck there before.
“It inhibits the business, but also affects the residents. When cars go up and down the road it causes a bit of a bow wave. ”
Gary Cutler, manager at FRM Truck and Trailer Spares further down Eastern Road, was affected more than most as one of the only businesses in the area that relies on customers visiting the premises.
“It’s absolutely disgusting," he said. “It happened maybe three or four times last year.
“It has a knock-on effect and it’s dangerous. We have a fleet of vans for our delivery service and it goes over the axles of our smaller vehicles. It takes so long to go down and customers can’t get to us because there’s no other way in.”
In response to heavy downpours in the county Hampshire County Council encouraged residents to clear leaves and litter from ditches on their land and drainage pipes on driveways to help prevent flooding on small roads.
More than £2m a year is spent on maintaining 900km of highway drains and more than 200,000 roadside gullies and the council has a team of emergency engineers on standby seven days a week.
Executive member for economy, transport and environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “We can’t prevent flooding completely but, with autumn weather well and truly here and leaves about to fall, there is a lot that we can do to reduce the impact on our neighbourhoods.”
Report road floods online at www.hants.gov.uk/flooding.