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Works Divison Responds to Widespread Flooding 12 December 2007

DoT workers were called into action on Saturday to deal with widespread flooding around the Island.

The Works Division responded to 40 separate calls for flooding after 10-15mm of rain fell over Saturday lunchtime, with the Silverburn River rising by one metre in an hour.

The areas to which crews were called included Tosaby Road, Glen Darragh Road, Northop, Ballig Bridge, Hillberry, Richmond Hill, Speke Lane, Rushen Abbey Ford, Crogga Hill, Lower Foxdale, St Johns, Grenaby Junction, Bridge Road in Ballasalla, Ballacriy Park in Colby, Quarterbridge Road, Quarry Bends, West Hill in Castletown, Fishers Hill, Homefield Park and Oatfield Rise in Ballsalla, Kewaigue River, Santon Railway Station, St Mary’s Road in Port St Mary, the Liverpool Arms, Surby Moar, Ballacubbon, Ballacorris Ford, Ballamaddrell in Port Erin, the Whitebridge in Onchan, Peveril Road in Peel, Governor’s Hill in Douglas, Wigan Lane, Old Castletown Road, Red Lion to Ballahowin, Ballafesson and Peel Coast Road.

Engineering Works Manager Geof Walmsley said:

‘We had 18 men out around the Island, with three sweepers and two jetters, after heavy rainfall caused problems in most areas of the Island. The crews had to close two fords, at Rushen Abbey and Ballacorris, there was a manhole blocked by The Railway in Union Mills, culverts were blocked in Oatfield Rise in Ballasalla and on the Foxdale Railway line, whilst Kewaigue River was in danger of flooding properties.
‘The crews responded magnificently, alongside the Fire and Rescue Service, and I’d like thank them for their efforts on the day.’

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