Brent Knoll residents quiz river boss over winter flooding
of angry residents attended a meeting in Brent Knoll this week
to air their concerns about flooding problems in the village.
Over 80 villagers attended Monday's public meeting after heavy
rain flooded roads
and properties, including the Red
Cow Inn over the winter.
Andrew Warren said: "I had thousands of gallons of water
and sewage in my house and garden, causing considerable damage.
The real frustration is that there is no single central organisation
to sort it out. There
are so many groups involved - from local councils through to the
Environment Agency, water firms and drainage board - that there
is no co-ordinated response. We just want an assurance that work
will be carried out to stop similar floods happening agin."
Sturdy from the Axe Brue Drainage Board, pictured right, explained
why Brent Knoll was badly hit: "Many drainage pipes in Brent
Knoll are old and suffer from accumulations of debris given the
low gradients here. They struggle to take away water after heavy
rain. Rhynes also need vegetation removed and to be regularly
went on to explain the network of drains across the area, which
were overwhelmed by the amount of flood water over the winter
villagers who spoke out included Martin Moor, who had five inches
of water in his home, and Maurice Jackson, whose home was inundated
in the floods.
follow-on meeting is being organised between residents and the
parish and district councils, Environment Agency and Axe Brue
photos of drains in Brent Knoll blocked by debris were shown
topography of Brent Knoll and its surrounding area was discussed
Flooding in Brent Knoll last winter