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Heavy rainfall causes flooding at Saumarez Park

Heavy rainfall causes flooding at Saumarez Park

Wednesday 03 February 2021

Heavy rainfall causes flooding at Saumarez Park

Wednesday 03 February 2021


Parts of Saumarez Park have been flooded following heavy rainfall, with park-goers warned to take care and watch where they walk.

Members of the public are encouraged to be cautious and avoid the worst-affected areas.

The most heavily affected area is that surrounding the duck pond and the adjacent path. Agriculture, Countryside & Land Management Services (ACLMS) have inspected the site and are putting up signs and tape to warn park users. 

People are welcome to use the unaffected areas of the park, but unfortunately it is necessary to close the areas which pose a risk to public safety," said Principal Environment Services Officer Andrew McCutcheon. 

"The water is muddy and discoloured and so, while the flooding on the footpath itself may only be a few inches deep in some areas, it is difficult to see the path, identify tree roots which may trip you or identify the edge of the pond itself. Please take care around these areas, particularly if you are with children.”

ACLMS intend to reopen the affected areas as soon as the flooding has cleared.

Visitors to the park are encouraged to stick to footpaths and avoid walking on any grassed areas while it is so wet.

"This will help to reduce compaction of the grass, meaning it will be able to restore itself more easily and be healthier for everyone to enjoy in the summer months," said Mr McCutcheon. 

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