Council reveals thousands of flood risk homesBy Tim Harris
February 22, 2013
THOUSANDS of properties in Aldershot and Farnborough could be at risk from surface water flooding, according to a flood plan.
The new Hampshire County Council action plan to manage flooding in the borough has identified the potential risk of surface flooding in Rushmoor.
The draft long-term Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) revealed that in the case of more severe, rare storms, 7,024 properties could be at risk of shallow surface water flooding across the borough, with 1,451 at risk of deep surface flooding.
The plan also shows that for more minor and common storms, 2,156 properties could be at risk of shallow surface water flooding, and 292 at risk of deep surface flooding.
The draft SWMP has been published by the county council for residents and organisations to give their views before it is finalised.
It includes a flood risk assessment for each ward in Aldershot and Farnborough, identifying areas where floods have occurred in the past.
The plan shows the Aldershot Park ward and Farnborough’s Cherrywood ward could have larger numbers of properties at risk of surface water flooding. The report also makes reference to recent storms in Rushmoor in 2006 and 2007, where ‘significant flooding’ took place.
The county council, as the lead local flood authority, has worked with Rushmoor Borough Council to develop the SWMP, which identifies locations in the borough that are likely to flood from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.
Councillor Mel Kendal, deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport for the county council, said: “Exceptional periods of rain can cause flooding that can inundate roads and buildings and overload drainage systems.
“Highway drainage systems are designed to deal with certain frequencies of storm and rainfall intensity but sudden heavy downpours can be a problem and lead to short-term surface flooding.
“In identifying problem areas and the action that can be taken, the SWMP will serve to influence decision-making relating to future capital investment in drainage, land use planning and inform decisions about appropriate drainage
solutions for housing and infrastructure developments.”
Cllr Kendal also explained how residents have a role to play in taking action against flooding, as well as the county and borough councils.
“Every householder has a responsibility to ensure ditches on their land are clear to ensure water can flow freely,” he continued.
“Many people are unaware of their responsibilities in terms of waste water, drainage and sewage and, as part of the SWMP, the partners will be working to ensure householders are made aware of their obligations in this area.”
The county council has reminded residents they are also responsible for waste water from inside their property, drainage from their property and the private foul sewers within a property to the point they connect to the public sewer.
The council said sewers are not designed to dispel flood water. Bailing flood water into the sewer system can engulf it and cause foul water flooding.
To view the SWMP, visit http://www3.hants.gov.uk/flooding/surfacewatermanagement.htm