Examination begins into village flooding
Several groups get together to look for solutions
AN INVESTIGATION is being carried out into the severe flooding of a village earlier this year to work out how to ease or avoid the problem in the future.
Traders and villagers in Chalfont St Giles bore the brunt of some of the worst flooding in the district, with the village’s main car park closed from February to April and a temporary ramp installed in the High Street.
Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) is investigating the likely causes of the flood and looking at what authorities can do to reduce similar problems in the future. It aims to complete the investigation ‘early in the new year’.
The community library was surrounded by the floods and book issues were down throughout.
However, library chairman Tony Hoare said this was a secondary issue compared to the loss of trade for village businesses.
He said: “By a long way the most important thing is the business in the village.
“The shopkeepers really had it difficult. All of these people (the authorities involved including BCC, Environment Agency, Thames Water, parish council and Chiltern District Council) have some responsibility but whether they will take it or not I do not know.
“It is very good they are at least talking about it.”
Water was pumped into the High Street from the River Misbourne which overflowed from fields above Blizzard’s Yard car park.
Traders complained the closure of the car park, which offers an hour of free, was damaging trade.
Telephone and broadband connections were threatened by the water. A pump kept the ground level BT telephone exchange dry after concerns were raised the damage may cut off communications to homes in the area.
Pensioner George Hawkins also cited the floods as a danger after he tripped over a pothole near the car park entrance, leaving him cut and bruised.
Water was covering the hole, he said, making it difficult to see.
County council flood management officer Alex Back said: “As well as investigating the likely causes, the report will also look at what the various authorities could do to reduce potential flooding in the future, subject to available resources.
“We hope investigation will completed early in new year.” this be the