Piccotts End Road to be closed for two days as county contractor investigates flood causes

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Piccotts End is to be closed off for two days as county highways contractors investigate the causes of regular flooding in the village.

Ringway will be carrying out ‘investigation drainage works’ next week, closing the main artery to the village – Piccotts End Road – during the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm on Monday and Tuesday.

Road closure

Road closure

A letter posted to those living in the area from the contractor said: “The purpose of the investigation is to identify the cause of surface water flooding reported at this location.

“Findings from the investigation will determine what future actions will be taken to address the flooding issue.”

One resident in the village told Hemel Today: “Piccotts End floods regularly, and the brown tide has been the subject of regular complaints from several residents for some years.

“The road fills up to the tops of the kerbstones before the water can percolate away towards the river, and the flooding can last for several hours.

“I suspect that this is Herts County Council’s rather belated, but nevertheless welcome, response.”

Emergency vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, but other vehicle access will be restricted while the work takes place. The work has been scheduled during the day so as to limit the effects to rush hour traffic high points in the morning and afternoon.