Heartbreaking tales of flood misery in Gainsborough Road, Corby

Gainsborough Road, Corby
Gainsborough Road, Corby

Residents told heartbreaking tales of damaged property, loss of earnings and missed medical appointments at a meeting on flooding misery in Corby.

County councillor John McGhee and borough councillors Paul Beattie and Elise Elliston called the meeting, attended by about 80 people, to talk about the ongoing problems in Gainsborough Road.

Cllr McGhee said: “At times the debate was heated.

“There were some heartbreaking stories of what people have had to cope with.

“One resident who has cancer was unable to have their usual care at home when the road was flooded over Christmas.

“Another lady had been unable to get to work and is worried about losing her job.

“A representative from the nearby doctors’ surgery reported that when the road floods people are forced to cancel their appointments.

“The local school is also affected.

“The problem in Gainsborough Road is by no means the worst flooding that people are having to deal with in the country at the moment, but when it happens it causes tremendous problems.”

The meeting, held last Wednesday at Hazel Leys Community Centre in Gainsborough Road, was addressed by Richard Jones, of David Smith Associates, civil and structural engineering consultants.

Cllr McGhee said: “Mr Jones has been commissioned by the county council to carry out a review to discover the cause of the flooding, its impact on the local community and who is responsible for putting the problem right.

“We expect his report by the middle of March when another meeting will be held to keep local residents fully up to date.

“People are very upset about the flooding and I don’t blame them.

We need to determine the cause and get the problem solved.”

In January, Corby MP Andy Sawford told Parliament about the problem of flooding in Gainsborough Road.

A representative from Mr Sawford’s office attended the meeting.