Flood and Water Management

Where does the Water Go? project

Essex County Council's Flood and Water Management Team recently carried out a ditch clearance event in Saffron Walden.

The suspect watercourse was overgrown and in places the cross-section had been severely diminished.  In times of high flow the usually dry ditch had been known to flood up and over its banks and into the bounding gardens.  Within hours of attending, the team had cleared the offending vegetation and improved the channel profile so that the water could flow freely into a culvert at the end of the ditch.

The residents can now benefit from knowing the risk of flooding is reduced.  Watercourse maintenance is in most cases the responsibility of the landowner.  These events occur where exceptional circumstances prevent the landowners from being able to maintain the watercourses.

The Flood and Water Management team are looking for interested parish/town councils to take part in their 'Where does the Water Go?' project. The project aims to use local volunteers to record data regarding the location and condition of watercoursess and related structures.  Many parish/town councils have already completed the project including South Woodham Ferrers, Sturmer, Thaxted, North Fambridge and Halstead.  Even more are currently going through the process such as Radwinter, Great Bromley and Great Baddow.

The more councils that complete this project the more comprehensive the whole map of Essex watercourses can become, giving the council valuable data which can be used to make informed decisions about development and flooding issues in your local area.

If your parish/town council has a flood group or just a group of individuals that feel motivated to help up build this knowledge then please get in touch by emailing [email protected]


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Posted on 14/06/2017