Flood team plan for better future

Jan McAnwell, of Lindum Grove, Crowle, was one of the residents affected by flooding this summer. She is pictured as sewage is pumped from her garden.
Jan McAnwell, of Lindum Grove, Crowle, was one of the residents affected by flooding this summer. She is pictured as sewage is pumped from her garden.

A FLOOD summit has taken place to discuss how agencies will try and prevent rising water levels in future.

The meeting took place at Ealand Victory Hall, one of the areas repeatedly affected by rising water levels, with representatives from North Lincolnshire Council, Severn Trent Water Authority, Isle Of Axholme and North Notts Water Management, The Environment Agency and MP Andrew Percy.

The meeting was a chance for individuals to raise concerns about issues that were specific to their property to see if the partnership could come up with a solution for future flood prevention.

Crowle Ward Councillor John Briggs, said: “What we have been doing is looking at what causes the flooding and then what we can do to stop it happening again.

“For example we had a gas pipe going through a drain or a telegraph pole built over a manhole cover.

“People were frightened and upset that when it rained they could be flooded again.

“But now everyone is working in the same direction to solve this problem.

“These meetings are working and people are positive about the future.”

The partnership was set up in the light of the 2007 floods, when homes were inundated with water following heavy rain, and also flooding which happened to hundreds of homes in Crowle, Keadby, Ealand, East Lound and West Butterwick following heavy rain in July.

Homes were left damaged despite 2,000 sandbags being delivered from North Lincolnshire Council to help keep back the water.

The group are working to look at individual cases of how to help those most at risk and have already helped people living in flood prone Lindum Grove in Crowle by installing a valve to stop water flowing backwards during heavy rain.

In recent heavy rain the low lying street did not have any problems with rising water.

Andrew Percy MP, who has previously taken the flood issue to Parliament, stated. “These drop- in sessions are vital to keep the community informed on all aspects of flood prevention.

“Communication by this method is invaluable and I am totally supportive of the value of keeping them going”

The next meeting of the group to discuss any further changes will take place from 7pm on November 30, at the Crowle Community Hub in High Street.

Anyone with concerns over flooding can attend the meeting.