Ex­am­i­na­tion be­gins into vil­lage flood­ing

Sev­eral groups get to­gether to look for so­lu­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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