Householders turn out to hear flooding adviceBy Jon Nurse
September 27, 2012
Another car was left stranded in a notorious ford following torrential rain this weekend, days after homeowners highlighted flooding concerns.
The driver of a silver Citroen Saxo abandoned the car in Lands End ford, Charvil, after water levels rose to more than three feet at around 1.30am yesterday morning.
The ford is hotspot for flooding and more than 80 vehicles have been trapped in the last two decades.
The latest incident comes days after concerns were raised to experts at a flood surgery designed to help and advise anyone affected by flooding.
Staff from Wokingham Borough Council, Thames Water, the Environment Agency, the National Flood Forum and Loddon Valley Residents’ Association (LVRA) spoke to dozens of people at the Civic Offices, in Shute End, on Thursday, September 20.
Phiala Mehring, of LVRA, said: “As we hoped, the evening has covered areas of the borough that have not been represented before.
“People today have been typically saying they come from small closes where a few homes are being affected.
“In our area you can get little clusters of houses with problems that slip under the radar.
“If drains are overwhelmed, for example, this has been a chance to speak to experts to find the best possible way to handle the situation.
“Flooding is a very complicated problem to deal with. It doesn’t come from just one service. Unless we get everybody around the table you are not going to solve it.
“What a lot of people don’t realise is that two-thirds of people affected by flooding in 2007 were people that weren’t living near rivers.”
Information gathered at the surgery will be added to the agenda of bi-monthly meetings between the organisations.
Nigel Warburton, 41, of Lower Earley, said: “I think it’s great how it shows everyone is working well with the LVRA. My home looks over the Loddon so I have a great interest in this.”
Jennifer James, 69, of Priest Avenue, added: “I’m pleased to see this is going on. It all looks water tight to me. It’s good to see there’s a lot of coordinated activity.
“With all the building work going on it is a concern that it doesn’t aggravate the situation.”
Terry Lown, 68, of Osterley Close, said: “It’s quite alarming to see what areas are considered to be at flood risk. We are at the mercy of these experts. We had flooding in my area a few years ago so it is a concern.”
Heather Shepherd, of the National Flood Forum, was giving out information at the surgery.
She said: “When problems come, lots of people don’t know whose responsibility it is so we can help things happen for people.
“At the end of the day people need to be able to speak face to face with their authorities.”