Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Flood Alliance in action with Heybridge clearance

The first action day organised by the Essex Flood and Water Management Alliance will help alleviate flooding in two roads in Heybridge by clearing a badly blocked ditch.

The three days of action, organised by ADO Richie Farrant who is on secondment with Essex County Council’s Flood and Water Management team. He identified localised flooding caused by the blocked ditch in Wagtail Drive and Coopers Avenue, Heybridge.

Residents mucked in with staff from the Flood and Water Management Team and volunteers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Anglian Water, Essex Highways,  Maldon District Council and the engineering firm Royal Haskoning DHV.

ADO Farrant said: “We identified that a watercourse carries water through the housing estate in the vicinity of homes in Wagtail Drive and Coopers Avenue. It  is badly silted and overgrown and this has contributed to surface water flooding of the highway and a number of residential properties.

“Members of the partnership have joined together with some of residents to clear the watercourse as a ‘one off goodwill’ gesture. This will set the standard for the on- going maintenance by the residents responsible for their part of the watercourse.

“This prevention work will help to ensure homes don’t flood and make the road safer for everyone who lives there. From a fire service perspective, the work will help to reduce emergency calls to assist at flooding incidents.

“This is a pilot scheme which we hope will create a blueprint for more flood prevention work in the future.”

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has become the first in the country to investigate the cause of flooding, joining forces with Essex County Council’s flood and water management team to create The Essex Flood and Water Management Alliance.

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