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Flood Alliance in action in West Horndon

A joint initiative led by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will help alleviate flooding in West Horndon.

The Service joined forces with Brentwood Council and local residents to clear a ditch at the rear of Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon. The ditch helps surface water drain away from the area but had become so badly overgrown that it no longer worked properly.

ADO Richie Farrant, who is on secondment with Essex County Council’s Flood and Water Management team, said: “We had identified that the overgrowth in the ditch had been responsible for flooding on the nearby A127 and had also caused flooding in a local church and local homes.

“We have joined forces with Brentwood Council, Essex County Council and local residents to clear the ditch and get it back to working how it should. We have a team of ECFRS volunteers here and they have been joined by residents to get the ditch cleared and back to full working order.

“The ditch is actually the responsibility of the homeowners whose gardens it’s at the back of and we are using this scheme to encourage them to keep the ditch clear themselves.

“The clearance will take two days and will have a huge impact on flooding in the area.”

This is the second ditch clearance project undertaken by the Essex Flood and Water Management Alliance. A similar ditch clearance took place in Heybridge in February.

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