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Water flow control is to ease Marchington flooding

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

09/01/14 Road flooding
Localised Flooding on the B5017 near marchington

09/01/14 Road flooding Localised Flooding on the B5017 near marchington

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ENVIRONMENTAL chiefs have consulted with Marchington villagers about flood defences, and are looking into controlling water flow.

The Environmental Agency met with parish councillors and members of the community to discuss options for reducing flood risk in the parts of Marchington affected during heavy rain.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “We have developed a model to understand the flood mechanisms that affect Marchington.

“In the model we tested how successful new flood defences were likely to be.

“This included preventing water flooding from the Church Lane bridge and raising land downstream of the village.

“This would be designed to stop water coming around the back of the pub and houses on Church Lane.

“The model has highlighted an additional risk from the drain further along Church Lane.

“This will require further investigations to understand the effect this drain has on fluvial flooding in Marchington.

“As this is not a main river we will work with our partners at Staffordshire County Council to understand the effects in this area.

“Another option that we are investigating is holding water upstream of Marchington and releasing it at a controlled rate.

“This would require a large area of land and potentially the construction of a bund to retain water.

“Discussions with land owners and partners will begin shortly as we investigate the feasibility of this scheme.”

Chris Needham, chairman of Marchington Parish Council said: “The Environment Agency along with three representatives from the flooding committee and two parish councillors got together to discuss the flood defence plans.

“It was found that it is not viable to spend a lot of money on various defences for the village so we have been looking at alternative ways to sort out the flooding issue.

“We are happy with the outcome so far.

“Everyone has worked together to get this far with the plans.

“The next step is to tackle where the water is actually coming into the village.”

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