I slept through the 1987 storm so it was no surprise to sleep soundly through
last night, and what's more, it being so dull and horrible, not even wake up until after seven.
It wasn’t until after I had written another blog that I heard of the reports of flooding, so I hared off to Gayton Road even though I can’t swim.
Fortunately Balfour Beatty had the matter well in hand with a powerful pump and a gully sucker. No doubt they will be getting all the blame but it’s no different now to before they turned up to assemble their big train set.
Long before the Crossrail work began, Bonkers ran a flood banner on rainy days. Perhaps it is time I brought it out of retirement. (Below.)
The fault lays squarely with Bexley Council. If it was not for the Balfour Beatty team’s hard work and expertise this morning nearby premises would have been flooded and commuters would have got even wetter getting to work. If it wasn’t for Network Rail there would be no lighting all the way down the stairs from the flyover and along Gayton Road to the station. Bexley Council had never bothered about putting lighting on the stairs since they built the ugly thing.