FLOODING AND WINTER WEATHER PROBLEMS
It may seem strange to be thinking about next winter and flooding whilst in mid summer with
the sun shining, but we must be prepared for the worst and not be caught out as in previous years.
We can all remember the terrible events of June 2007 when all the villages nearby experienced catastrophic flooding including South Leverton, which did not fare as badly as some, with 6 houses affected. The first two weeks of June were fairly wet and by the 16th the ground was saturated so there was little absorption and a very quick run off. On the 16th June there was a torrential thunderstorm which resulted in 41.3mm of rain in less than 2 hours-just over 1.7 inches-which is the equivalent of a months rain in under 2 hours. The Beck rapidly filled up to a depth of up to 10 feet and where it passed under the main road the pipe under the road was unable to cope with this deluge and the Beck overflowed down Main Street all the way through the village. As this flash flood was not predicted there was no time to take preventative measures and we were somewhat fortunate that only 6 properties were flooded.
Two hours after the rain stopped and the sun shone the flooding had all but disappeared leaving behind a mess and debris for the unfortunate householders to clear up.
What lessons can we learn from 2007 and what can we do to mitigate the damage?
Firstly we must recognise that it was an extremely unusual event which may not be repeated for a long time and even if it rained for a period of two weeks it is unlikely to cause any flooding as it was the intensity of the rainfall that caused the flooding.
We now have a steel flood container on Loates Farm off Rampton Lane which was supplied
by Bassetlaw District Council and contains sand, sand bags, polythene sheeting, shovels and anything else needed to keep the water out. We give below the names and telephone numbers of the key holders to the container but unfortunately there may be insufficient warning time in order to get the sand bags etc. We therefore recommend all properties likely to be affected by flooding to ensure they have sufficient anti flooding equipment at all times and not wait till the rain starts!!
WINTER WEATHER PROBLEMS
The winter 2013/14 was unusual in its mildness and lack of any ice or snow so it is unlikely we will have a repeat performance this coming winter.
We presently have 12 grit bins distributed around the village, 7 yellow bins which belong to Nottinghamshire County Council and are maintained and kept filled by them and 5 blue bins which belong to the Parish Council and are filled from a one ton stock kept at Loates Yard and are filled up by David Loates. Each bin has a “minder” who is an adjacent householder who looks out for the bin and reports to the Parish Council when it requires filling. The salt bins are provided for villagers to spread on adjacent public footpaths and roads and are not for use on drives and paths on private properties.
In the event of a snowfall or ice the main bus route from North Leverton along Church St and Treswell Rd will be kept clear by Notts CC with their snow ploughs and gritters. Retford Rd whilst it is a bus route is not always gritted or snow ploughed and can be dangerous. Notts CC recently agreed to arrange for and pay for local farmers and contractors to use their equipment to clear the side roads in the event of a heavy snowfall. Please contact a Parish Councillor if you experience problems with blocked or dangerous side roads.
Hopefully we will not have a problem with flooding or dangerous winter conditions but we must be prepared. If you have any comments or suggestions please contact the Chairman of the Parish Council and nominated Flood and Snow Warden—Gordon Muir on 01427 880212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The other Parish Councillors and key holders to the flood container are
Vice Chairman Mark Darlow—01427 884588 email@example.com
Sheila Rickards – 01427 880447 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Cawthorne – 01427 880306 email@example.com
Gerald Wareham –01427 880979 firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Jones—01427880353 email@example.com
Kevin Pately—01427 884324 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk to the Council—01427 884756 email@example.com