Go-ahead for flood works?

By Martin Neville

Sunday, July 6, 2014


THE findings of a flood investigation report following the severe winter storms which battered the Island will go before the Isle of Wight Council’s executive tomorrow (Monday).

A report recommends the authority proceeds with a number of budgeted schemes to tackle flooding, including culvert, gully and ditch clearing work at Alverstone, Carisbrooke and Ryde, ditch investigations at Brading and a surface water management plan for Ryde.

Councillors are also being recommended to investigate possible funding for other projects, including Undercliff Drive, Totland sea wall and additional drainage work at Cemetery Road, Binstead, and to prioritise work.

The report says winter rainfall levels were 200 per cent above average, resulting in 360 Island homes being affected by flooding.

It concludes: "While no-one can completely prepare for the type of rainfall, our findings show there are factors which exacerbated the flooding.

"These include lack of water bank maintenance and some loss of important land drainage."

Other contributory factors included weed and plant growth in ditches and the infilling of local ditches.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by Alex Pick

7th July 2014, at 12:39:12

That adds up :)

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by jan hickman

7th July 2014, at 07:45:07

Basic maintenance, guys, Mrs Public is always scolding her partner for not checking the guttering and drains...so much carnage for a bit of neglect......

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by Mike Crowe

6th July 2014, at 22:31:10

Phil I know how I read it and my reading is as follows.

Average rainfall = (for example) 6 feet
50% above average = normal 6 ft plus 50% which in my book = 3 ft, so 50% above average = 9 ft
100% above average = normal 6 ft + 6 ft = 12 ft
therefore 200% = normal 6 ft + 12 ft = 18 ft


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by phil cooper

6th July 2014, at 19:49:59

Does anyone actually know what the phrase "200 % above average" actually means. I don't.

I understand 50% means half, but once we get over 100, what do some of these expressions mean.

Does this one in question mean double the rainfall, or triple the rainfall, or possibly four times the rainfall? Sorry to be pedantic but the use of "times", starting with "twice", strikes me as being infinitely simpler and crystal clear. Am I alone in thinking this?

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by tony white

6th July 2014, at 13:02:32

May be cynical but i will keep the thigh boots handy, judging by the past performance of this comedy act of a council i have a suspicion the council will "hold consultations with the public" and the final decisions as to which area gets sorted first will not be based on need but which Councillor shouts the loudest

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by Steve Williams

6th July 2014, at 12:19:45

Drains being cleared on a regular basis would help.

After weeks of no rain, it rained on Friday night and many road drains in Ryde were overflowing, mainly down to leaves blocking them.

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