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.
Yelvertoft now has a vision link camera. The community cameras and level sensors are a joint funded collaboration between Vision Link, the Environment Agency, and local authorities. They are free to use and allow local communities to visually monitor strategic areas which are prone to high water levels. Local communities can download the free iOS or Android app and start monitoring there local river level sensors and cameras. Herewith the link to the vision link cameras on site, you can access through the community option which will allow you to set up an account to view – https://www.vision-link.co.uk/community-home/ – The Yelvertoft FSA camera is located in the ‘south’ option.
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.
Natural Flood Management Measures
Latest from the Environmental Agency September 2019:
“It was good to meeting you on Tuesday and thank you for showing us around Yelvertoft.
Regarding Natural Flood Management (NFM), I have attached a Yelvertoft catchment boundary that I think we would be looking at delivering NFM measures upstream of Yelvertoft. When talking about NFM we are really talking about working with natural processes, or working with the land, to slow and store water and trying to increase the chances of water infiltrating into the soil rather than becoming runoff, as well as lengthening the amount of time it takes to get from the top of the catchment to the areas downstream where flooding occurs.
Current evidence suggests that NFM is most effective on small catchments, such as Yelvertoft, and in smaller, more prevalent rainfall events. So although we wouldn’t expect NFM by itself to protect communities during major flood events, we do know that it can contribute to slowing and storing water and can help to increase the resilience of communities and businesses to withstand more extreme events. NFM also provides a wide range of additional benefits to the environment, such as reducing sediment input into watercourses, which can in turn reduce the frequency of maintenance required on assets, and can be very cost effective.
One of the key factors in the success of NFM is getting landowner buy-in. The measures that we would be looking at for example may include runoff attenuation features, such as small ponds in field corners, changes in land management practices, such as direction of ploughing, or the creation of vegetated buffer strips. Depending on the locations chosen, these measures have the potential to impact on the amount of farmable land, however our approach is always to work with landowners and find a compromise where both the landowner can benefit and where water can be stored and/or slowed. It is also important for landowners in upstream areas to make the connection and understand that how they manage their land can impact on the communities living downstream of them. I have therefore also attached a document that details a variety of different possible measures and explains what they are and how they can be of benefit to landowners. It is written mainly for farmers and so I hope it will be useful for the landowners around Yelvertoft.
I think at this point, if you feel comfortable to do so, I would suggest starting off by getting a feel for whether the landowners in the area highlighted on the map would be willing to have a chat and receive more information about having NFM on their land. If they are, then we could arrange more detailed discussions around what this could involve and what funding may be available. As Will mentioned, there are stewardship schemes that could provide some incentive to landowners and there may be some community funding pots that could be applied for if farmers didn’t want to do the works themselves. There is some information on this in the guide I have attached as well.
Flood Management Officer”
Natural flood management involves implementing measures to restore or mimic natural functions of rivers, floodplains and the wider catchment, to store water in the landscape and slow the rate at which water runs off the landscape into rivers.
Natural flood management takes many different forms and different terminology such as ‘working with natural processes’, green engineering, sustainable land management or runoff attenuation are also used to describe the techniques used.
Every farm will have features that, with some enhancement, could play a role in natural flood management.
If you own land in Yelvertoft please do take a look at the ‘NFM – a practical guide for farmers‘ to see how you can help. Funding is available.
Please find below 6 x PDF’s of our flood risk