Doris Storm 23rd February

Sorry for this somewhat tardy posting! You may remember the Doris storm of 23rd February, which now seems so long ago. The practical effects in Hughenden Valley were not very great. However, we did see a fairly intense downpour lasting perhaps an hour which would normally have resulted in Valley Road outside the village hall becoming swamped. On this occasion it didn’t which must be testament to the fact that Transport for Bucks maintenance is having a positive effect, so well done them.

In addition, Martin Hall took a short video during the same downpour which showed how well the drains were coping with the water coming down Combe Lane – you can see this video at this location: The drains in question are sited on the mini roundabout where Coombe Lane meets Valley Road. Again, this can only be down to timely work by TFB.

Changes to TFB Contact and Reporting

Anyone wanting to report a problem to Transport for Bucks now has to call Transport for Bucks on 01296 382416 (9am – 5.30pm) or 01296 486630 (for out of hours emergency).

If wanting to email an issue, you can no longer use the TFB@BUCKSCC.GOV.UK email address. Instead, use the TFB contact form which is shown on the Advice page on this web site. Bear in mind that this form rather poorly only allows 80 characters to describe a problem plus only allows a single photo to be uploaded!

The Great Storm 18th July

I think we will all remember the night of Tuesday 18th July for it’s belter of a stormy night including massive thunderstorms and heavy downpours. As far as we are concerned in the Valley, the really intense downpour seemed to last under an hour but it resulted in Valley Road becoming awash near the Village Hall. This was a huge danger to passing cars hitting a flooded road at speed.

During the course of this year, the Council have fulfilled their promises to clear drains and ditches; they have assured us that the drainage would cope with a heavy downpour and that Valley Road and houses would not flood. However, the night’s storm resulted in what most of us residents had suspected – that a cloudburst would overwhelm the drains and flood the road and send water cascading down from the road, along pavements and into residents properties along Valley Road near the Village Hall.

Fortunately, the worst damage inflicted seems to have been the results of road water flooding garages, and we are not aware of any getting into houses. One or two of us will have flagged an issue with Transport for Bucks, but it seems unlikely that much will happen.

Perhaps a new action plan is needed before a prolonged storm floods houses.

A few grainy photos below don’t really get across the extent of the problem.