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Keadby flood victims’ plea for defence action

Jan McAnwell, of Lindum Grove, Crowle stands in her garden as tractors pump sewerage from her garden due to the heavy rain and flooding in her area. Picture: Andrew Roe

Jan McAnwell, of Lindum Grove, Crowle stands in her garden as tractors pump sewerage from her garden due to the heavy rain and flooding in her area. Picture: Andrew Roe

Flood victims from Keadby contributed to a stormy public meeting at which they were updated with details of remedial work this month.

The Isle meeting brought together those who were affected in the December floods with representatives of all the relevant bodies who are tasked with trying to prevent further catastrophes in the future.

Crowle Coun Trevor Barker is a member of the flood forum and organised the meeting after being approached by anxious householders.

Keadby residents from Chapel Lane and Station Road voiced the need for more work to be done where the Trent burst its banks, but were told by the Environment Agency that although all necessary repairs are complete, a building-up of the banks will take longer to be organised.

Coun Barker said: “The public feels action is needed swiftly but the Environment Agency could make no promises on responding as quickly as people would like.

“Although residents appreciate that vital repair work is done, the river escaped its banks on to Chapel Lane and people there are not satisfied that they will be safeguarded in the future.

“It’s very distressing for people who were moved out of their homes and for many it will be a long time before they can return. There is still a lot of unrest at Keadby.”

He continued: “Survey work is being undertaken now, and within a few weeks there will be a full update given in Keadby Village Hall so that people are kept informed. There will be more answers to the questions that people have over the next couple of months.”

The linked approach of agencies through the recently-formed flood forum is proving a “huge success” he added.

Underground pipework belonging to Severn Trent has been surveyed and will benefit from improvements in Crowle, Ealand and the Seven Lakes areas. Work is also going on to deliver schemes in Godnow Road.

The Environment Agency has acknowledged that the upgrading of the flood warning and subsequent evacuation of Keadby came too late for most in December. Officers stressed that people must register with the EA for flood updates.

A dedicated flood warden is also to represent Keadby so that the EA has a direct continuous link with the village.

People will be kept informed, said Coun Barker.

 

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