Monday, 29 September 2008
I hear that despite some teething problems the team and their support network are doing some great work and have plans and procedures that are far more advanced than some District and County Councils.
Anyone wishing to have a live update should attend the Crisis Support Team meeting to be held on Monday 29th September 2008 at 7.30pm in the Pump Rooms, off Teme Street, Tenbury Wells.
Henceforth the Crisis Support Team will be know as CEST. Community Emergency Support Team who will operate the Community Emergency Support Plan.
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
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Thursday, 11 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
One Tenbury Councillor has been campaigning for years to get Worcester County Council to solve this puddle problem.
The puddle appears after every shower, and cars then splash anyone unfortunate enough to be walking by.
For years the response from the County Councillor has been unhelpful suggestions such as "use the opposite pavement" (There isn't one) and it is a low priority.
Now Worcester County Council have promised to review the problem and see if funding can be found to resolve the problem once and for all.
Six months ago.
This is try to stop water spilling from the Brook into Market Street should the heavy rain cause the waters to rise.
New facilities could provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in sports, arts and recreational activities.
A well designed re-development of the site could provide a vibrant cultural centre with cross over facilities by combing meeting rooms and office space with a wide range of activities including museum facilities, events and exhibitions, gallery, whilst keeping and upgrading the existing Cinema and Theatre space.
It is hoped that £2M Grant funding from a variety of sources can make this plan a reality.
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Monday, 8 September 2008
It is almost certain that there will be no major flood defenses for Tenbury as we do not meet the qualifications set out by Central Government. Wortcester News Article
It may be possible to get funding for smaller projects. All suggestions should be sent to the Town Clerk or your local Councillor.
Flash flooding is not the responsibility of the EA, but drainage of surface water is the responsibility of the County Council. The Bog Lane area, which is the source of so many of Tenbury's flash flood problems is to be investigated by the CC this week and they will provide the TC with a interim report by Friday. The weather forecast indicates that Tenbury could be hit by more flooding this Thursday.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
I missed most of the radio and TV reports, but was getting calls and messages from friends and family who expected to find us under water.
News even reached Sri lanka were Richard Burt issued a press release based on what he heard.
To read the 'flashes' coming up on the e-media and to read some of the reports in today's papers you have to start thinking that they must be talking about somewhere else.
At one point the BBC and others were claiming that Tenbury had been evacuated.
From the Times: "In Worcestershire, parts of Tenbury Wells town centre were evacuated and a refuge centre opened after the Kyre Brook broke its banks"
Sure the emergency centre at St Michael's was opened, but I'm not sure if anyone went there. If you live the other side of the Market Tavern you would have been out of luck anyway.
It is probably sensible to close the road to stop the wake from vehicles washing into shops, but the water was never deep enough to actually stop a car, unless driven by the most inept driver.
By closing the road so early, I wonder how much 'rat running' of country lanes caused more damage.
Reports that the A456 was closed continued well into Saturday night, but I spoke to several people who claimed it was still open.
Even as I write this (on Sunday afternoon) teletext still says
"A456, Tenbury Wells Road closed due to flooding both ways at A4112 Teme Street"
For Tenbury the EA flood warnings for the River Teme seems to have been correct, but some area's down stream flooded whilst still on Flood Watch. The system seems to have too few sensors to be very accurate. If we can't have defenses then at least give us a warning system that works, and extend it to the Brooks that are known to be prone to flooding.
Saturday, 6 September 2008
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In one location, a brook appears to have changed course and is now flowing along a road, before plunging down a bank and across a field. The water was too deep and fast moving for me to get to the original watercourse.
Rain falling on the ground above the town, rushes down the roads and ditches, overwhelming the drains and culverts.
This problem will be made worse in future by additional development already planned.
In addition to the calls to the Environment Agency for flood defences on the river Teme, Tenbury also needs SUDS.
SUDS or sustainable urban drainage schemes, (better known as catch ponds and ditches) delay the progress of the water and divert it into a holding area and then release it slowly so that the drains and culverts can cope with the volume.
If the appropriate schemes were installed in the fields above Bog Lane and in areas such as car parks, school playgrounds, and factory yards. I'm sure this would make a huge difference to the speed run-off water reaches the town centre.
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Friday, 5 September 2008
Lack of action by the local authorities in shoring up the bank meant that when the second flood followed a few days later, the wall foundations were undermined and the 'float foundation' of the newly refurbished toilets were washed out causing the toilets to subside.
Although the toilets were not damaged, the local authorities decided that it would be easier and cheaper to demolish them rather than try to jack them up a save them.
Due to the very strong construction of the toilets, heavy equipment was used to carryout the demolition which caused considerable further damage to the structure of the bank.
Months of confusion followed as none of the authorities wanted to take responsibility for the site. The wall was the responsibility of the County Council as it protected the road. The toilets were the responsibility of the District Council. Anything affecting the water course is the responsibility of the Environment Agency, and the Town Council take a view on all things local.
Finally after many delays including a plan to culvert the brook (which was against Environment Agency policy) and a replacement plan which meant the road would be closed for more than 6 months, effectively cutting Tenbury in two and more than likely to kill off the Town as a shopping destination, the County Council put the work out for tender.
More delays followed whilst contractors submitted their estimates and project plans.
Now more than 12 months later the work to replace the wall has only just started. The work was expected to be completed by Christmas but this is now in doubt as the latest flood has washed away the wooden form-work and has more than likely made the site unstable. Depending on what has been washed away, there is a possibility that the road may have been further damaged.Tenbury Wells was flooded three times in Summer 2007
25th June at approx. 18.00 hrs
17th July at approx. 14.45 hrs
20th July at approx. 18.00 hrs
and now September 5th at approx. 18.00 hrs
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Less than 24 hours after their meeting with the Environment Agency, where it was confirmed that Tenbury would not be getting any flood defences, Town, District and County Councillors were out in force on the flooded streets of Tenbury.
The Tenbury Crisis Management Team and Plan were swung into action early this evening as it became clear that Kyre Brook would breach its banks.
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Local residents report that the wooden formwork had already been washed away.