Catshill residents hopeful over anti-flooding work

By Tristan Harris Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 05/11 15:47

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RESIDENTS in Catshill who have seen their homes fall victim to flooding for years have given a cautious welcome to work which began this week to eradicate the problem.

It is hoped the scheme, which scheme began on Wednesday (October 30), will mean the balancing pools near Green Lane can accommodate more water and save homes from even more water damage.

Green Lane resident Jayne Kings, who contacted The Standard about the issue, is currently waiting for work to be carried out on her property following it flooding on June 28 this year, when more than a month's worth of rain fell in an hour.

She said the weather did not even need to be that extreme for the area to flood.

"It was happening long before I moved here in 1985.

"Everyone around here loves living here apart from the flooding issues.

"We have all got OCD - everytime it rains, we reach for the sandbags.

"We all have our fingers crossed that this work will sort out the problem."

And she added, if the measures put in place were successful, those responsible would need to ensure constant maintenance was carried out to ensure the higher water capacity remained.

Bromsgrove District Councillor for Catshill, Helen Jones, was heavily involved in the work.

She said: “I’m happy to see the council working to alleviate the problem here, because it has been a nightmare for the residents.

"When the houses flooded, we went out with sandbags to try to stop the water – it’s obviously something that needs sorting and hopefully this will help.”

Drainage experts North Worcestershire Water Management, acting on behalf of the district council, recommended the balancing ponds be improved.

Coun Michael Webb, responsible for leisure services, assured residents that, as well as the balancing ponds being dug out to increase the brook's water capacity, the council would also be closely monitoring the situation.

Ahead of the work, a full ecological study of the pools was carried out, and one of the four balancing pools will be maintained as a habitat for local wildlife.

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