High Street picture of flooding

Flooding in Chalfont St Peter

Chalfont St Peter Parish Council continues to press Thames Water for a permanent solution to the regular flooding of our village centre with water contaminated with untreated sewage.

The cause of the problem is well-known: Thames Water’s sewer pipe running downhill along the Misbourne Valley is not watertight. When it rains heavily, the water table rises and pours into the pipe which is unable to take the extra flow. The result is untreated sewage and water bursts out at the manhole covers in the village. Roads have to be closed and businesses shut. It is also a major health hazard.

This is a disgrace and has been going on for at least twelve years. Thames Water continues to state that it is addressing the problem but nothing happens. Climate change will likely increase rainfall and consequent flooding in the village. This is an unacceptable state of affairs.

The parish council is now demanding that Thames Water produce detailed plans of exactly how it attends to solve the problem with a start and finish date of the project.

In the event you witness flooding within the village please contact Thames Water emergency flooding on 0800 316 9800 and  Transport for Bucks road flooding emergencies on 01296 486 630