Moreton flood defences survive stern test
Release date: 16 March 2016
Heavy rainfall in the Moreton-in-Marsh area last week caused river levels to rise dramatically, and proved to be a stern test for the defences which have been put in place since the severe flooding in 2007. In particular, the bund at the rear of Swan Close held firm and protected houses there, and also prevented flood waters reaching homes in Fosseway Avenue.
Although officials at Cotswold District Council were very pleased that the bund contained a potential flood, they were far from complacent after the event. Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities, explains:
“We were relieved to learn that the bund helped to prevent widespread flooding in a vulnerable part of the town. The bund cost about £50,000 to install and we feel that we have already justified that expenditure because it protected the town centre and a good number of properties last week.
"However, the water storage area at the bund was far too close to capacity for comfort, and the 900 mm culvert was running at ‘full bore’ at the Fosseway end of town. That is why it is so important to press on and install a proposed diversion channel behind the hospital as soon as possible. This will convey even more flood water away from the town and will also reduce the amount of storage required at the bund.
"Provided the relevant planning application is approved,and we can gain the cooperation of local landowners, we are aiming to complete this flood prevention scheme later this year. In the meantime, the Council’s Principal Engineer is carrying out an inspection of the bund this week to ensure that it is in good repair.”