When you’ve spoken with, and visited people who’ve been flooded out of their homes for two consecutive Christmases, then the emotional and financial torment is painfully evident. I won’t say who or where, but this has happened in Lightwater.
As a result I’ve become keen on improving the flood resilience and preparedness in Lightwater. Any improvements to Lightwater’s resilience also has a beneficial effect on Chobham, as Lightwater’s ground and rain water drains into Windle Brook and The Bourne.
So, this week I’ve taken a stick with me on my walks, and poked into the road drains. Blocked drains are not what we want. Surrey County Council is responsible for their maintenance. The good news is that the drains on Lightwater Road and the western part of Guildford Road in Lightwater are nearly are clear. I found just two blocked drains, which I’ve reported to the County Council.
Remembering Lightwater’s 2006 flood – a once in a 100 year event. I ‘m wondering how far the remedial works have prepared us for another such event. Has anyone made calculations about the capacity of local ditches and steams to cope with a similar event? I think I should contact the Lightwater resident, whose persistent energies ensured that there’s an Environment Agency water level monitoring station for the Lightwater Stream, to collect the latest data.