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Storm water drain collapsed in Plomer Hill, High Wycombe following heavy thunderstorms on Thursday 13th August 2020

| August 14, 2020

Engineering team get underway with repairs to the storm water drainage system in Plomer Hill. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

Urgent repairs were required in Plomer Hill, High Wycombe after a storm water drain collapsed following heavy thunderstorms on Thursday 13th August 2020.

Engineers from Transport for Buckinghamshire are working to restore a 27 metre (88ft) long section of storm water drain in Plomer Hill, High Wycombe, which collapsed affecting kerbside gulleys that connect to it and causing a wash out to a depth of just over a metre (4ft).

The road has been closed between its junction with West Wycombe Road and Plomer Green Avenue to allow the pipework to be excavated and replaced.

Overnight (Friday 14th August 2020 / Saturday 1th August 2020) a high pressure jetter will attempt to clear the pipes so that a remote controlled video survey can be carried out in the entire storm water system up and down Plomer Hill, to check for any other problems.

The road will remain closed on safety grounds, allowing access for residents and it is expected to be reopened by next Friday 21st August 2020.


Investigations start work below street level into the cause of a stormwater drain collapse. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Council)

Nick Naylor, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘Our team is working flat out to investigate the problems and do the necessary repairs, and they’ll open the road as soon as it’s safe to do so. My thanks to residents for bearing with us while we fix this problem.

Planned overnight surfacing work was now being carried out concurrently with the emergency pipe works during the day, while the emergency closure was in place, to minimise disruption for residents and motorists.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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