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04/06/08 – Dorcan Brook Flooding

Dale Heenan
  • On June 4, 2008

Cllr Glenn Smith

I have today written to the Environment Agency requesting an update on when they plan to remove the grill on the top of their down-stream damn on the Dorcan Brook.

Following last July’s floods, the EA worked out that the issues of flooding by the Dorcan Brook was that the upper most grill on their flood defence gets clogged up with rubbish when it rains hard and acts itself like a damn.

The flood defence is designed to let normal water levels through unhindered. When the water rises it purposefully holds it back, so the Dorcan Brook will rise quite suddenly.

Once a safe level has been reached, the excess water should flow through the grill and stop the Brook from breaking it’s banks.

However this doesn’t happen as the grill gets clogged up with rubbish and the Dorcan Brook floods impacting houses in the area. This is such a problem that the EA staff who are sent out when it rains always goto this site first to clear the rubbish.

They plan to remove this grill now to stop this impromptu damn effect from happening. However they have not provided us with a date for this work to occur.

It is important to note that the Council does not have any control over the Environment Agency, as they are a central government body. However we work with them as partners.

As soon as we hear back a date, we will publise this.

Last year the Council cleared and widened the culvert that runs behind Osprey Close. Also the drains in the area have all been cleared.

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