County Council working closely with partners to help protect Arnold homes and businesses from future flood risk

05 September 2019

With this summer’s excessive rainfall, Nottinghamshire County Council and partners have been working hard to protect homes and businesses from future flood risk.

In June, the Arnold area was hit with torrential rain when 92mm fell in just 3 days, more than the average rainfall for the entire month.  

This excessive rainfall resulted in 24 homes and 20 businesses suffering serious flooding. As Lead Local Flood Authority, Nottinghamshire County Council worked closely with Gedling Borough Council and Severn Trent Water to react quickly and offer assistance to all those affected.

The County Council initiated and co-ordinated the emergency planning response and Gedling Borough Council and Severn Trent Water attended the site immediately following the event to assist residents and inspect drainage assets. 

Investigation work revealed that on the evening of the 12 June, a surface water storage area upstream of the event reached full capacity and broke its bank allowing excess surface water to run overland causing significant flood damage to properties downstream.  A number of properties were flooded internally and many gardens had garden sheds and fences damaged.  

The area affected forms part of the wider Upper Daybrook catchment which has been the focus of an in-depth study lead by Nottinghamshire County Council, in conjunction with Severn Trent Water and Gedling Borough Council, after securing £99,000 of Local Levy funding in January 2018. It is hoped that the study, which is due to be completed at the end of this year, will identify ways to improve the surface water management system.

Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice-Chairman of Communities and Place Committee for Nottinghamshire County Council, said “We know flooding can be devastating for those affected and that’s why we are doing such an extensive study to identify how we can improve the flood management systems in place in Arnold to reduce the risk of something like this happening again and to ensure residents' homes and business properties are as protected as possible.”

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