Action to sort out culvert which collapsed in heavy rain at Clandown
A culvert at Coombend in Clandown which collapsed in heavy rain last year is to be improved thanks to Government flood defence money.
The Environment Agency has announced that the scheme will be one of 678 projects being carried out in the South West region over the next 12 months.
In June last year residents and businesses in the area faced disruption after water suddenly began coming through the surface of Chapel Road and Fosse Way.
The road was shut while repairs to the surface were carried out after it was found that a storm water culvert had collapsed. This then interfered with the flow of water which forced some up through the carriageway and residents’ drives.
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Chris Bennett, who runs Clandown Stores, which saw shopper numbers drop while the road was closed last year, said: “Anything that stops it happening again has got to be a good thing. Let’s just hope there is not too much disruption while the work is being carried out.”
Despite downpours causing widespread flooding several times during the autumn, no money will be spent on flood defences in the Chew Valley.
Many people saw their properties flooded and in Chew Stoke an elderly man lost his life when his car became trapped at the ford on Pilgrims Way.
But councillor Liz Richardson (Con, Chew Valley North) said she did not feel the area has missed out.
She said: “Unfortunately there is no magic answer for the Chew Valley. At the moment there is not a big capital programme that could solve the issues. It is still early days and at the moment we are working together with various agencies to establish what the specific problems are and who the can be address in the future.”
Drop in surgeries have been held in the area for local people to discuss problems with the EA, Bath and North East Somerset Council and water companies to establish long term solutions, and repairs are being carried out to roads where flooding has damaged the carriageway surface.
Ms Richardson encouraged the government to not neglect smaller communities when looking to fund flood schemes.