Without us, river would still overflow
RE: Examination begins into village flooding (page 2, Advertiser, October 9) THOSE investigating the cause of Chalfont St Giles flooding may like to look at our website, MisbourneRiverAction.org, where they will find results from monthly monitoring of the water table and much more.
They will then realise that the situation early in the year had nothing to do with the River Misbourne ‘overflowing’ but, rather, that groundwater levels were at an exceptionally high level.
Pumping water from one side of the village to the other was completely unproductive – even if the hoses had been maintained – and the disruption of traffic and drenching of pedestrians was quite unnecessary. Pumping from the BT exchange across the car park to the river would have done just as well.
The situation that was allowed to develop later in the year, as groundwater levels gradually subsided and the river should have been assisting in the drainage process, was also frustrating. It was not until our work party on July 26 that blockages beside Merlin’s Cave and general overgrowth further downstream were cleared.
Within just two hours, our small group of volunteers lowered the river level by some six inches, giving the path somewhere to drain to: it was fully walkable the following day. A pity we weren’t able to muster resources in June for this work and give the Show Committee an extra month of reassurance that Stone Meadow would be fit for use in September as, of course, it was.
Our next work party is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 and it would be wonderful if residents from Chalfont St Giles would join us as we work to cherish the river corridor, enhance its habitats and visual amenity, keeping the watercourse clear to help it to cope with flood waters, and to flow as much as possible during dry periods.
BOB OLDER Misbourne River Action