East Riding Council has drawn up a major action plan in a bid to prevent a repeat of the floods which wrecked property in parts of Burton Fleming, Kilham and Kelleythorpe.
Record rain fall and high ground water levels have been identified as the main factors in three localised flooding events which took place in 2012 and early in the New Year - and people in affected areas remain worried about future wet winters.
Saturated ground conditions in Burton Fleming, Kilham and Kelleythorpe resulted in underground springs forming, forcing water out of the ground and resulting in surface water and flooding.
As well as being heavily involved in the relief efforts at the time, supporting those affected in the three communities, the council commenced investigations into the incidents using its powers under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
While the causes of the flooding are the same for all three incidents, the council, through its investigations, has outlined different recommendations for each.
In Burton Fleming, where much of the village remained under water for several weeks, the council will investigate and identify where improvements to the flow of the Gypsey Race can be undertaken and remind riparian landowners of their responsibilities in accordance with the Land Drainage Act 1991.
The council will undertake a detailed feasibility study to assess various options to channel flood water flow in the village, with one option to lower the carriageway, as well as traditional drainage solutions. Such work would require the council to make a successful funding bid to Defra.
The council will also remove accumulations of silt in the bed of the Gypsey Race, within Burton Fleming village, on a one-off, without-prejudice basis.
Subject to satisfactory surveys being undertaken, the council will also install a ground-water monitoring system to provide engineers with real time data and act as an early warning function should water levels rise.
At Kelleythorpe, where homes and rugby pitches were damaged by floods, Driffield Agricultural Society (DAS) is to remove restrictions to flow identified by a CCTV survey, undertaken by the council as part of its investigation, and replace the trash screen. DAS has already made a number of improvements to the drainage system.
DAS plan to undertake culvert improvements on a rolling programme, to be agreed with the council in its role as lead local flood authority. The council will advise DAS on possible funding sources for the work and assist with any bids.
The council will carry out a feasibility study of the construction of an overflow pathway from the Gipsey Race to an alternative outlet.
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