Huge puddles of water are a floody nightmare for two charities caring for vulnerable and young children in Tamworth.
Home Start, which helps families with young children through challenging times, and Tamworth Boxing Club in Orchard Street have major flooding issues outside their facilities rendering it almost impossible to access the properties through the front.
With Moorgate Primary School nearby, concerns have been raised over youngsters having to walk in the middle of the road to avoid the flooded pavement.
Dawn Candy of Home Start said: “Just look at it! What can you say?
“We are a mother and baby group. People just cannot come in this way, there is no two ways about it because you don’t know what is in there. You don’t know if someone has been spiteful and put glass in there. There could be anything.
“At this moment in time nearly everywhere is flooding but this is happening to us all of the time. It has been like this ever since we moved in.
“What worries me is there is a school at the end of the road and children walk. You can’t expect them to paddle through that so kids walking into school have got to walk straight in the middle of the road. What are we teaching them? You can’t expect people on scooters to go through there either.”
Tamworth Boxing Club’s head coach Alan Keast added: “Every time it rains it is a constant issue. Considering we have got vulnerable young people here, it is wrong.
“We have reported it but nobody takes responsibility. It makes you feel like nobody cares about our kids.
“It only used to happen when we had torrential rain but now it seems to be all the time, every little bit of rain.
“You literally have to walk all the way round to come back. The poor people next door have to come in and then get over our fence.
“It is massive. You can’t even see the kerb, it is underwater. It is dangerous. It has reduced the road to single lane traffic. There has got to be the potential of damaging property with all of this water as well.”
In response, Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council, said: “The unprecedented amount of rainfall we have recently experienced has led to challenging conditions and our highways crews, alongside other agencies and landowners, are still dealing with the aftermath of the recent storms.
“Ongoing work is being prioritised to minimise the risk to property flooding and to keep the highway network safe for road users. Work has been programmed for Orchard Street and will be carried out as soon as resources become available.”