Long suffering Gilberdyke residents living along the side of the main road through the village will no longer have to suffer from surface water running off the road and flooding their gardens during times of heavy rainfall.
This has been a long standing issue and despite numerous attempts the problem still persisted, with the route of the drain not being known, having not been mapped since the village expanded in the 1970s.
It was one of those cases often found with drains, (and I should know!) that the logical and shortest route is not always the way drains are installed. One would have assumed that the road drains would run off into the drain running alongside and eventually discharge into the main dyke (Far Drain) as it passes under the road. After all, this is the dyke flowing down to the River Ouse into which much of the water from the M62 discharges as well as the village.
Needless to say, with the help from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s highways and drainage sections, including a great deal of jetting with a heavy duty tanker jetter and root cutter the mystery was solved. When the drain was installed no connection made to the dyke only a couple of hundred yards away, but instead the pipe ran away from the dyke to a manhole at the side of the road where another outlet was found. A surface water sewer had been installed running taking a convoluted route under various gardens and beneath Hansard Crescent before joining with the main surface water drain running through the village, which then of course runs into Far Drain!
Who knows why the developers didn’t take the direct route in the first place?
The recent rain caused no flooding problems on the road or in the gardens - so both mystery and problem solved!