All residents whose property and/or land is adjacent to any watercourse has a responsibility to maintain it and to keep the water flowing freely without obstruction. Please read the document ‘Living on the Edge’ which is produced by the Environment Agency.
As a result of the devastating flooding in the village, the Parish Council is working closely with the Environment Agency to come up with means of reducing and mitigating the effect of flooding if this should occur again. An open meeting with the EA was held in the Reading Room in 2016, and affected residents were invited to comment and give their views. As they have the ‘bigger picture’ and can determine the water flow around the village as well as inside it, we are hopeful that they will come up with some ideas to help us.
From the Environmental Agency:
“I wanted to update you on our current position with Yelvertoft Brook. Since the multi-agency flood ‘drop-in’ session was organised the Environment Agency has undertaken a number of initiatives surrounding the Yelvertoft Brook. During October, the EA carried out an internal inspection of the culvert that runs under the village to inform potential maintenance. No debris or issues with the culvert were identified. Also, having started a review of the hydraulic model of the Yelvertoft Brook to assess how the Flood Storage Area (FSA), adjacent to the Crick Road operates, we have now undertaken additional topographic survey to further investigate potential opportunities. These include increasing the capacity of the FSA, looking to improve the way the FSA discharges into the Yelvertoft Brook, reviewing historic flow paths and potential changes to the confluence with the Clay Coton Brook. On completion of the review, we will conduct a feasibility study to determine and identify any potential improvements to the existing Flood Alleviation Scheme. In addition, installation of a CCTV camera at the FSA enabling the Environment Agency, and the community of Yelvertoft, to remotely monitor, via the internet, how the FSA is operating. In addition, the Flood Warning Service has been expanded from Clay Coton to include Yelvertoft. Properties with a BT Landline and EE mobile number will be contacted to offer subscription to service. We would recommend that all properties at risk should sign up to receive free flood warnings. People can find out if they’re eligible to receive flood warnings, and then register, by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188, or by visiting the website www.gov.uk/flood. This website also includes information on how to prepare and keep safe. The Section 19 Flood Investigation Report, which acts as a record of the event and any recommendations should be published shortly by Northamptonshire County Council. A link to which will be circulated when available. Lastly, should you have any questions regarding Flood Resilience and advice for the community, please contact my colleague Liz Fowler, the Flood Resilience Advisor for the area who I have copied into this E-Mail. Should you have any further questions, please let me know.
Kind Regards, Jon Saner, Flood Risk Officer | West Midlands (covering Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry & Warwickshire), Environment Agency, March 2017″
Environmental Agency Final Report
The Environmental Agency sent through their final report in April 2017. We strongly recommend residents take the time to read the report as they make several recommendations.
The Environmental Agency gave us several maps showing the flood areas in March 2016, sewers, Crick Road flood ponds etc. Please click on the following to view the maps.