Nottinghamshire County Council Media Release: When two weeks’ worth of rain fell in just one hour, businesses and properties in Beeston, Chilwell and Ruddington were affected by flooding.
he 30mm of rain fell on 17 June 2020 following a Met Office alert for thunderstorms and heavy rain and affected a total of 54 businesses and 57 properties.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee heard today (1 October) that the flooding was caused by a high volume of rain water overwhelming drainage systems.
As the lead local flood authority, the county council initiates a Section 19 report into the causes and effects where five or more properties in a local area have been affected by internal flooding.
Businesses on High Road and Wollaton Road in Beeston, Chilwell Retail Park, High Street in Ruddington and properties on Boundary Road, Ullswater Crescent and Eastcote Avenue were all affected by the sheer volume of rainfall in a short period of time, which could not be accommodated by drainage systems.
The water naturally found its way to the lowest lying areas on the highway, and at Chilwell Retail Park, this was made worse by the water running over the hard-standing car park.
Investigations to date have found that internal flooding at businesses was worsened by bow waves resulting from drivers continuing to drive at speed through flooded sections of the highway.
The county council opened up the flooding hardship fund to provide an emergency payment of £120 to properties and £300 to businesses affected by internal flooding.
Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, said: “As the lead local flood authority, we have witnessed first hand the devastating impacts that flooding can have on our communities.
“Since this flooding occurred, we have been working closely with Broxtowe Borough Council Via East Midlands and Rushcliffe Borough Council to investigate drainage systems in the area.
“We will continue to work to ensure that these systems can operate to a high capacity should similar storm events occur and will provide advice to responsible land owners to support this.
“We will also explore funding channels as part of analysing potential hydraulic modelling and capital investment schemes.
“We cannot mention this flood event without recognising the community spirit in those areas affected, as without this, the impacts could have been worse.”