Stour Centre car park is more like a lake again
THE Stour Centre car park was another victim of the floods that struck Ashford borough this week.
Water in the sports centre’s parking area appeared ankledeep in places as the nearby East Stour burst its banks on Monday.
More than two inches of rain had fallen over two days and Ashford Borough Council engineers had measured a total eight inches of rain during November.
A council spokesman said: “We had to close both the Tannery Lane and Station Road entrances due to flooding.
“Cars could still leave the car parks with extreme care.
“The situation was closely monitored and we posted updates on our website as the situation changed.”
Visitors to the Civic and Stour Centre were advised to park at the Dover Place and Station Road spaces.
The nearby Henwood car park was also closed.
This is the fourth successive winter that the Civic and Stour Centre car park area has been flooded. Parts of the ground were under several inches of water last January and parking spaces and access roads had flooded 12 months earlier.
And in December 2006, council
The flooded Stour Centre car park workers struggled to pump out 350,000 litres of floodwater.
The spaces are built on a flood plain and the council explains that the area is designed to absorb overflow.
Both the Stour and Civic Centres were built on piers overground level parking spaces and vital equipment and plant rooms are placed above water level or flood protected.
Colin Gould cleaning up his flooded cellar at the Crown in St Michael’s