An investment in five new drainage engineers and a planned works team leader has been made by KCC to help tackle flood risks.
The county authority looks after highway drainage which keeps water off the road and makes it safe for drivers and other road users.
KCC cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting said: “By increasing the number of drainage engineers we will be better resourced to respond to residents reporting faults and to deal with emergency work.”
Maintenance on roadside drains takes place every year whilst certain drains in areas vulnerable to flooding are cleaned every six months.
You can report road flooding and flooding from public drains by visiting Kent.gov.uk
KCC’s drainage asset includes around 250,000 roadside drains, 250 ponds and lagoons, 25 pumping stations and 8,500 soakaways.
Its primary objectives are:
• Removal of highway surface water (from our roads) to maintain road safety and minimise nuisance,
• Effective sub-surface drainage to prevent damage to the structural integrity of the highway and maximise its lifespan
• Minimise the impact of highway surface water on the adjacent environment, including properties.
There are two types of checks carried out on the drainage system; planned inspections and reactive inspections following customer enquiries.
The number of drains in Kent is increasing each year due to new housing and business developments.