DAMAGE to underground drains has been blamed for the flooding at the entrance to Pitmaston Park, the sole entrance to Pitmaston Primary School.
Flooding caused by Storm Eunice left the vital entrance underwater once again on Friday (February 18) and work will now be needed to address the issues discovered.
Highways staff attended the scene promptly to tackle the flooding but engineers discovered major structural damage to the underground drainage system caused by the utilities. Worcestershire County Council declined to state the utility firm/s were being held responsible.
Coun Alan Amos, cabinet member for Highways and city and county councillor for the area, said: “Highways attended the site and sorted the problem within hours of my contacting them. A jetter attended immediately to ensure the children could get to school safely. So well done.
“I have instructed the structural work be done as a matter of priority, most likely in the summer holidays to minimize disruption, or even possibly the Easter holidays.
“However, until we look inside the system, we won’t know the extent of the damage or how long it will take to do, but it will be significant and could last for weeks, and will definitely include a closure of Malvern Road at that point.
“Given the current weather situation, I fear more flooding can be expected in the months ahead and it will simply not be possible for such a speedy response to be given every time access to the park and school is blocked.
“So Highways contacted the school advising them to make alternative access provision such as re-opening the Winchester Avenue entrance as the best solution,” he added.