Authorities meet to seek solutions to repeated flooding in Grantham

The back garden of Rebecca Henson's home in Cavendish Way was flooded.
The back garden of Rebecca Henson's home in Cavendish Way was flooded.
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In response to the recent spate of flooding in Grantham, meetings have been held between all the agencies involved as they aim to find a solution.

Following heavy rain caused by summer storms, properties on Cavendish Way and Coxmoor Close were flooded internally, on August 28 and September 14.

Among those whose homes were hit twice by flooding in less than a month, were Rebecca Henson, partner Alex Ball and their two young children at Cavendish Way. Miss Henson, an artist, said: “Within 45 minutes it went from ground to flood. We can’t use the garage. The electrics were tripping. Every single piece of my artwork was destroyed.”

On both occasions, the water level of the Witham Brook rose rapidly, with the result that properties were flooded by surface water which couldn’t drain away, as well as water which had escaped the banks of the Witham Brook.

Immediately after the last flooding incident, representatives of all risk management authorities responsible for preventing flooding, met residents to hear their concerns.

At the meeting, organised by Coun Linda Wootten, were representatives of Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency, South Kesteven District Council and Anglian Water, with district councillor Nick Craft also in attendance. Since then all agencies have met again to seek what they say is likely to be a ‘suite of solutions’, to tackle a complex issue.

Paul Brookes, flood risk manager, said: “The flooding we’ve seen recently in Grantham is due to a combination of factors, and so we are seeking a solution involving all the risk management authorities. There is unlikely to be only one answer, it’s more likely that we will need to implement a suite of schemes reflecting the various sources of risk.”

When asked by the Journal what schemes are likely to be implemented, a spokesperson for LCC added that it was too early to say while they are still at a fact-finding stage and with investigations underway. As the lead local flood authority, LCC will be submitting a report of its findings on the recent incidents to the flood and drainage management scrutiny committee when it meets in December.

Mr Brookes added: “We recognise the distress caused by flooding to residents, and we intend to get solutions in place as a matter of urgency. However, while some minor works can be carried out fairly quickly it is likely to be some months before significant works are carried out on site, potentially longer if we need to seek Government financial support.”

For anyone at risk of experiencing flooding, advice can be found at http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lincolnshire-prepared/news/flooding-advice-for-the-public/118997.article

If you have concerns about an immediate flooding incident you can inform Lincolnshire County Council by calling 01522 782070, or 01522 782082 outside of normal office hours.

If the flooding is life-threatening call 999 immediately.