Church Eaton flooding update
Areas of Church Eaton have experienced localised flooding following heavy rain. Water leaves Church Eaton either via drains provided by Severn Trent or via water courses across fields eventually reaching Church Eaton Brook which is the responsibility of the environment agency.
The issues were raised to Parish Council (PC) who have since undertaken the following steps:
- In 2020 the PC contacted the Staffordshire County Council flood team who provided details of the mechanism to feedback and report flooding instances SCC Flood Questionnaire (esriuk.com). This should still be used as part of formal logging of instances so they are included in formal severity assessments.
- As little apparant change had occured since, the PC met with County Highways, AMEY, Councillor Winnington and local residents in the July 2021 to walk the affected areas.
- A number of actions were agreed as follows:
- AMEY agreed to jet and clear all gullies in the affected area and the culvert that runs under the highstreet and Smithy Croft. No time table could be confirmed although this was expected to be completed before winter.
- The PC would write to Severn Trent to establish the current situation at the local pumping station as both pumps had been reported as failing simulateously and without alarming. This letter was sent and we are still awaiting a response.
- Local land owners where the various water courses cross would be contacted with regard to clearing said water courses to improve the water flow. This has been done and once land owner has reported they have previously had the water course surveyed and the state and that time was not a material cause of flooding in CE.
- The PC agreed to identify professional bodies who could undertake a formal survey to assess what they believed was the cause of local flooding. The PC have so far received quotations in excess of £3k + VAT for this service.
The PC review progress at each Parish Council meeting and are chasing Severn Trent for their formal response.
We will update this page as further progress is made.
15 September 2021