County Council Continues Support for Areas Affected by June Flooding

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.”

4 Comments

  1. Sad that there is no mention of Trowell/Stapleford which has had 3 flooding incidents in an 8 month period.

    I would like to thank Councillor Don Pringle who helped me with the flooding and also thank Councillor Steve Carr who helped to organise the Sandbags, despite it not being his area. Unfortunately we had no help from the two County Councillors who represent the area which was effected.

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  2. I can’t see them doing much in preparation for the next deluge. Meanwhile, householders ring their insurers with trepidation when they give their postcode, even though they have never been flooded.

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  3. Perhaps if the gullies on Derby road where cleared cow lane Ullswater and surround roads and properties would not have been flooded. For anyone reading, just walk west bound on Derby road and count how many gullies are blocked. I raised this over 12 months with both Broxtowe, Nottingham county and the highways agency and nothing has been done

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