Bid to end Earby flood peril

The scene of a flood in Earby in the 1950s or 60s. (S)
The scene of a flood in Earby in the 1950s or 60s. (S)

Flooding in Earby burst into the spotlight as a campaign was launched to increase numbers on an alert system.

And at the same time a “golden opportunity” for alleviation work has arisen.

The scene of a flood in Earby in the 1950s or 60s. (S)

The scene of a flood in Earby in the 1950s or 60s. (S)

The Newground Flood Team, working with the Environment Agency, has initiated a poster campaign through the town ahead of a display in the New Road Community Centre next week.

The emphasis of the campaign is to increase the number of at-risk properties in the town from Earby Beck (New Cut) and Wentcliff Brook signed up to the EA’s free Floodline Warnings Direct service.

Earby can be vulnerable to rapid rising water levels, particularly after short, intense downpours, due to the topography of the surrounding land and the town’s flood group established in 2004 frequently has sandbags on standby.

Meanwhile, County Coun. David Whipp is gathering evidence to support a bid for flood alleviation work.

Previous proposals drawn up in 2007 to tackle flooding ran into the sand; I’m determined to make the most of this new opportunity to save Earby from future flooding

County Coun. David Whipp

Coun. Whipp said: “In the last 25 years I’ve witnessed first hand when roads have run like rivers. Lots of small scale schemes have been carried out to reduce the risk of flooding over the last 20 years, including work currently underway on Water Street, but the risk of a major incident remains.

“There’s now an opportunity of getting the Environment Agency to carry out a flood alleviation scheme, either by creating a storage area above the town or diverting water from Earby Beck away from the town centre.

“This is a golden opportunity for a multi-million pound investment in flood relief and I’m appealing for information which will support the case for a scheme.

“Previous proposals drawn up in 2007 to tackle flooding ran into the sand; I’m determined to make the most of this new opportunity to save Earby from future flooding.

“The EA has already identified a major scheme being needed to renew the culvert which runs beneath Victoria Road.

“It’s hoped to expand this to carry out work to reduce the risk from Earby Beck flooding. Meanwhile, we’ll continue with the small scale schemes to reduce the risk from less catastrophic flooding incidents.

“The information I’m seeking is the dates and severity of flooding going back 100 years or so with evidence from newspaper cuttings, photographs or other archives.”

Coun. Whipp can be contacted by email david.whipp@dsl.pipex.com via Facebook or on 666777.

Sign up for flood alerts at gov.uk/flood or call 0345 988 1188. Visit CheckMyFloodRisk.co.uk to see if your property is at risk.

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