MONDAY last week marked the one year anniversary of the devastating floods that hit Hollywood just a few miles north of Redditch.
A month’s worth of rainfall fell in just two hours resulting in more than 260 homes flooding – with some residents only just returning.
Over the past year the County and District Councils, along with Severn Trent Water Ltd, have been undertaking various investigations, resulting in the publication of a report which makes a number of recommendations, many of which have already been implemented.
A survey of the area has been carried out which will allow a model of local water flows to be created. This will be used to test potential ways the risk of future flooding might be reduced.
Meanwhile every road gully and culvert has recently been inspected and cleared and they continue to be closely monitored and maintained.
Bromsgrove District Council has also recently installed two water level monitors in the area, designed to gauge the depth of water in the brook at these two locations.
When water levels rise beyond a certain depth alerts will be sent to residents.
Any residents who would like to sign up to receive the water depth alerts can contact the North Worcestershire Water Management team on 01562 732 191.
A local residents’ flood action group has also been established with the support of the National Flood Forum.
The group will act to support residents and it will allow them to engage and work with the investigating authorities during the development of future flood alleviation measures.