A RHOOSE Point resident says she is concerned about the stability of the railway embankment that runs behind her home after experiencing seven major floods in the last three years.

Since Karen Gallimore and her family moved into the brand new Maes y Gwenyn property in November 2002, her garden has been continually flooded by water that pours from the embankment in times of heavy rain.

She has spent nearly 20,000 trying to rectify the problem and has had numerous conversations with local councillors, builders and representatives of Network Rail (who are responsible for the embankment).

But she says she feels no-one is taking the matter seriously.

Karen said: "We have had three years of hell. We haven't lived here - only existed.

"The scary thing is the velocity of water coming out of the embankment. You can't have such a force without it having any effect."

A survey of the culverts in the locality of the railway line by Network Rail contractors confirmed a need to carry out further engineering clearance work in order to establish and identify the condition and flow of water.

It also uncovered evidence that a landowner on the south side of the railway had connected a new drainage system into Network Rail's culverts without apparent technical permission or agreement.

However Network Rail stressed that this is being addressed.

The leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Rhoose ward member, Cllr Jeffrey James, said: "My fellow ward member Cllr Gordon Kemp and myself met three residents, along with the council's director of environmental and economic generation, Rob Quick.