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Floody Hell

PUBLISHED: 14:49 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 23 August 2010

A MECHANIC whose garage has flooded with rain water for a second time within a month fears he will have to close. Markos Auto Repair on Albion Parade, Gravesend, was covered with water after heavy rain overnight on Monday. Owner Markos Markides, 68, of

A MECHANIC whose garage has flooded with rain water for a second time within a month fears he will have to close.

Markos Auto Repair on Albion Parade, Gravesend, was covered with water after heavy rain overnight on Monday.

Owner Markos Markides, 68, of Richmond Drive, Gravesend says the drain on the road is blocked and has never been properly cleaned by Kent County Council.

When Gravesend suffers heavy rainfall the excess water has nowhere to escape and runs into his premises.

On Monday night Gravesend and most of the UK was lashed by torrential downpours, followed by more heavy rainfall on Tuesday morning.

Mr Markides said: "I am very, very angry about this. It is ruining my business. I have lost a whole day of trade today, and I am losing customers because of it.

"I can't work in these conditions and customers don't want to bring their cars into here when it is like this.

"I have had to roll up my trousers and have started to clean it away, but with it blocked, there is no where for it to go.

"I don't normally complain, and I have been very patient with the council over this, but it has gone too far, it needs to be sorted before I lose any more money.

Mr Markides said that the same thing happened three weeks ago and he was forced to use a pump to remove the water from his yard.

He added: "I pay my rates, I pay good money, and they let this happen to this street. It has been allowed to get in such a state that we have rats running around and rubbish strewn all over the road.

"This is a public road, and it should not be left like this. If something is not done soon, my business could be in trouble."

A spokesperson for KCC Highways said: "We appreciate this matter being brought to our attention and we will investigate it."

Do you have a problem with flooding? Call the Reporter on 01474 320753.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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