Mystery of the Orange Floods


The heavy rains this week have brought back the orange coloured floods on
the bottom part of Knotts Lane, Colne – in spite of investigations and
efforts in the past year by United Utilities, Lancashire County Council
and Pendle Council.

Waterside Colne Town Councillor Alice Mann, who lives on Knotts Lane,
said that the orange water had again been gushing up out of the gully
grates at the bottom of Hawley Street, and pouring along Knotts Lane in
front of the new shops by the viaduct. She said: “The various bodies have
been trying to sort it out but we are all very worried and hope it will
be sorted out very quickly.”

Councillor Mann put pictures of the floods on local Facebook sites to
warn drivers of vehicles to be careful as the bottom part of Knotts Lane

Alice’s Liberal Democrat colleague Councillor Tony Greaves, who
represents Waterside Ward on Pendle Borough Council, said: “Pendle
Council has taken the lead in analysing the water. There is a lot of iron,
and aluminium and manganese. It’s thought this is coming from the rocks
and soil on the hillside above, and is not a serious danger to health,
but just where it is coming from is so far a mystery. It seems it is not
from the ordinary network of drains in the streets above.”

The problem arose last winter but during the summer LCC cleared the
gullies on Knotts Lane and the drains were taking the water under the
road and straight into the beck (Colne Water). But now it is again coming
out of the grates at the bottom of Hawley Street – gushing in spouts of
orange water when there is heavy rain.

Councillor Alice Mann added: “There is no doubt that all this has
happened since the large housing development at Deerwood Park on the
hillside above was started by Persimmon Homes and we hope they will
become involved in looking for a solution even though the new estate is
not on the same drainage network.”

Councillor Greaves added: “There is a suggestion that an old dry culvert
may have been intercepted and this is carrying the orange water into the
drains in the Hawley Street area. But it’s vital that more work is done
to find out. What is happening is not acceptable. I have asked for it to
be discussed again at the Council’s next Colne & District Committee.”

Alice Mann tackling the floods
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