Posts Tagged ‘brook’
The excavation of the flood attenuation ponds at The Shylte (Stretton Road) and The Sytche are progressing well after the Christmas break.
Before Christmas there were some issues with mud on the road and, as a result of my intervention, the road was reswept on 23rd December. The contractor has installed further wheel washes at the Shylte site compound and Sytche and has also created a tarmac area at Shylte to try and prevent as much mud getting on to the Highway. I understand that the highways situation is now much improved.
After the severe flash flooding in the Cornish town of Boscastle in 2004, the Environment Agency was tasked with looking at other catchments around the country that would behave in a similar manner should conditions prevail. A number of other catchments have been identified and the Shylte Brook, running through Much Wenlock, is one of them. Further details are here and and there’s also a useful map showing the course of the Shylte and Sytche brooks, before they flow into the Farley brook and down the valley towards the River Severn.
I took considerable comfort recently when I witnessed a small part of the multi-agency surface water flood response exercise for Shropshire. Police, fire & rescue, Environment Agency and Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils were amongst those testing their response to events such as those in 2000 and 2007 which caused such damage to property in Much Wenlock.
This exercise In March was played out using Coalbrookdale, Llanyblodwel and Much Wenlock as case studies – all communities that are susceptible to quick-to-peak surface water flooding events when the ground is either rock-hard or totally saturated. In either case, the water simply moves at increasing pace downhill and is undiscerning about where it goes.