Water Environment will be re running the models produced to show the effect of flooding after heavy rainfall and the mitigation of flooding that various measures would achieve. They have written to the Environment Agency for rainfall data to further refine the modelling as well as intending to re model with a presumption of a clay substrate rather than as currently loam. This will all inevitably take time and a Meeting of the Parish Council, Water Environment and Operation Watershed to discuss possibilities for mitigation within the constraints of funding will now not take place until the New Year.
Flood Forum meeting Minutes and presentation slides.
A further meeting between the Water Environment Consultancy, Operation Watershed and the Parish Council will take place to discuss priorities and funding for flood mitigation works. The minutes of this meeting will be published in due course. A date for the meeting has not yet been set as further work is required from Water Environment to establish a priority list.
Initial Assessment of Potential Options
The Parish Council are still awaiting the results of the surveys carried out along the stream through Loxwood in March. The Consultants "Water Environment" have promised an update for the Parish Council meeting on 9th September 2019. Please come along to hear the latest.
The Parish Council's Flooding Consultants are working on the data gathered from the hydraulic surveying of the Lox Stream. Once the reports are available a public meeting will be held to publish the suggestions for flood mitigation from the Consultants.
Loxwood Parish council has secured funding of £25,725 which is the full cost of our environmental consultant and a surveyor carrying out the modelling and hydraulic testing that is required to establish the best means of mitigating flood alleviation to the most residents in Loxwood. The Consultants have been given the go ahead to carry out this work and a meeting of the Flood Forum will be held once the results are known.
The Stream walk has gone ahead and informed quotes for hydraulic modelling and surveys to be carried out to produce a plan for mitigation measures. These quotes are currently with Operation Watershed for a funding assessment. November 2018
Lox Stream Walk.
This is to take place on Wednesday 26th September 2018. Parish Councillors and our Water Environment Consultant will be walking the route of the Lox Stream. This is to inform on any remedial matters that can be achieved to mitigate flooding in the area of the stream.
Following on from the decision by the Environment Agency to not carry out any mitigation for Loxwood of its flooding problem as a result of not being able to obtain funding from Central Government, the Parish Council have met and agreed a course of action with an Environment Consultant.
Various topographical surveys and hydraulic models are going to be work upon to establish the best method of reducing the likelihood of flooding. In addition the Parish Council have sent out a questionnaire to the areas that have in the past been affected by flooding to establish actual facts to be used by the Consultant in his modelling.
The Parish Council urge all whose garden the Lox Stream runs through to clear thoroughly their ditches and waterways and this speeds the passage of water along the stream at times of heavy rainfall. Ornamental obstructions and fencing across your section of the waterway could be the cause of someone else’s misery from flooding.