Highbridge residents blame new footpath for causing flooding
residents living beside the River Brue in Highbridge say their
gardens have been flooded with several inches of water due to
the design of a new footpath.
£28,000 footpath was opened
last October by Sedgemoor District Council in an effort to
increase accessibility on the north side of the river between
Highbridge Quay and the railway station.
the gardens of several properties alongside the new path have
been inundated in recent days, as pictured here, when river water
has flowed across the tarmac.
Pam Lyes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The new path has greatly
increased the flood risk to our homes. The path dips down in front
of our homes and when the river level is high the water can now
easily run into our gardens and risks coming into homes."
previously discussed the risk with Sedgemoor, the Environment
Agency and Sustrans - the groups involved with the new path -
but they didn't believe us."
only way to resolve the matter is to remove the 'dip' in the footpath
and bring it in line with the rest, and also to raise up our garden,
lift our fence and put in some 12-inch concrete gravel boards
neighbour's garden now floods too - which it never did previously
- so if the dip in the footpath was flattened this would help
added: "The footpath is extremely dangerous when flooded.
Given the lack of lighting and closeness of the river, someone
could easily get into difficulty in the water at night."
District Council spokeswoman Sam Taylor told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are aware of some residents' concerns about flooding
along the new footpath."
"We have passed these concerns to the Environment Agency
and are waiting for their response. Upon their response we will
consider what, if any, action is required."
Top, the flooded footpath along the River Brue and, above, the
opening of the path last October