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  Drains and ditches - blocked or flooded

Drains on the highway are also referred to as "gullies". 

If a drain or ditch is on private property and is blocked or overflowing this is the responsibility of the landowner of that private property.
If a drain is on Essex County Council Highway land it could either be our responsibility or a utility company. Most utility companies have a company name on them, if this is the case please contact them first.

If you would like to check the boundary of a highway please click here
Essex County Council carry out regular routine drain cleaning along with drainage cleaning at sites identified by our Highway Inspection team.

If you have checked the information above and you believe the cover is Essex County Councils responsibility, please click the image below that best suits your query, please note In the majority of cases after heavy rainfall it may take a while for the water to drain from the carriageway. This is due to the sheer volume of water that the drainage system is trying to take. This is perfectly normal, as is water at the edge of a carriageway following rain.