Disabled stranded by flooded trail in St Albans

Flooding on the Alban Way in Smallford

Flooding on the Alban Way in Smallford - Credit: Archant

Disabled people were unable to cross part of Alban Way last week after the trail was partly flooded as a result of heavy rainfall.

St Albans district councillor for Colney Heath Chris Brazier said that drainage on the Alban Way between Station Road and Smallford Lane in Smallford was inadequate.

He said a local disabled man was unable to cross on his mobility scooter after the section was flooded with about seven inches of water last Friday.

Cllr Brazier said: “Even cyclists found it hard to go through. The [district] council should be prepared for heavy rainfall, and have the problem alleviated.”

Richard Shwe, the council’s head of community services, said he was aware of the flooding. Mr Shwe added: “Our engineer is investigating the matter and is looking into ways to clear the excess water so that residents can use the Alban Way again.

“He has arranged for a gully cleanser to go on-site and clear the water.

“When the flooded area is cleared we will have access to the gully and be able to conduct a full investigation as to the cause of the flooding before arranging for repairs to be carried out by our contractor.

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“We apologise for any inconvenience to residents.”