Southwell Flood Risk Management Project
The county council and partner agencies are working hard to protect at-risk homes from flooding in Southwell. We have set out detailed plans for flood mitigation schemes in the town, as well as natural flood management schemes and property flood resilience (PFR) measures.
PFR measures are designed to protect properties which do not benefit from the flood mitigation schemes. We have commissioned Via East Midlands to carry out the works, some of which will be in place by Autumn 2021.
We are working with partner agencies to deliver a number of mitigation schemes, as well as natural flood management on land up-stream if Southwell to further improve the town’s flood defences.
The Southwell Flood Alleviation Scheme
A £4.3m project is underway to protect over 250 properties and businesses from flooding in Southwell and has been funded by:
- Flood Defence Grant in Aid: £2.87m
- Local Levy: £300k
- Nottinghamshire County Council: £600k
- Newark and Sherwood District Council: £220k
- Southwell Town Council: £120k
- Southwell Flood Forum: £25k
- DEFRA Repair and Renew Grant: £233k
Engineering work is being undertaken by Via East Midlands. This process involves regular checks on which properties benefit from the proposals to inform other elements of the project. This phase of the scheme is due to be completed by March 2021.
Property Flood Resilience
We are committed to protecting homes in Southwell from flooding and are working with partner agencies to provide bespoke solutions to homes which do not benefit from the scheme. These proposals include:
- installation of flood doors
- airbrick covers
- flood barriers
Slowing the Flow
We have used natural flood management in over 20 locations in the upper reaches of the catchment in Southwell. This approach is designed to slow the flow of water by using natural techniques and will be completed by March 2020.
Lowes Wong School Retrofit Sustainable Urban Drainage System
Our Property Team is working on an initiative to rationalise how surface water is managed on the site of the Lowes Wong School. Investigations found that significant amounts of water ran off the site in storm conditions. We have programmed these works to be complete in November 2019.
Super Gullies in Halam Road
Teams from Via East Midlands have installed five ‘super gullies’ in Halam Road. These are an effective low-maintenance and high capacity solution to rapidly remove water from the road which is prone to flooding and this is a first for Nottinghamshire.
To install the super gullies, large pits had to be dug out to allow drilling rigs on site and pipelines leading to the balancing pond adjacent to the road were fitted. The installation of the super gullies was completed in November 2019.
The new super gullies and pipes can be up to nine times more efficient than standard road gullies in extreme rainfall and will help direct previously uncontrolled surface water into the pond rather than overland into the surrounding estates.
Miller Homes has its own drainage system that will carry water into the pond via a new drainage network.
Super gullies at work
The recent storm events have given us a chance to see the Halam Hill flood alleviation scheme in action. During the storm on the afternoon of Sunday 9 February, a significant volume of dirty overland run off water flowed down Halam Hill and Allenby Road travelling down the carriageway towards Southwell. The photo below shows the volume of runoff water flowing down the road ‘upstream’ of the Halam Hill scheme.
We are content that scheme did perform as designed, with the gullies taking away a portion of the surface water and the combination of an elevated road profile and an additional channel designed to pick up any water that remains on the road downstream of the super gullies addressed the rest.
Video footage taken at a site inspection has confirmed that no surface water continued down the carriageway beyond the newly implemented scheme. The attenuation pond performed as designed with plenty of spare capacity. Flow data has confirmed visual observations, showing a highly ‘peaky’ storm event which then translated into a rapid increase in pond water level. The photos below clearly show the surface water being directed into the pond and not travelling down Halam Road as had previously been the case in storm events prior to the works being undertaken.
The silt trail in the photo below shows the direction taken by the flood surface water.