Flood Alert – 12th July 2012 21:23

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Cole and Dorcan Brook .

Flooding is possible for the River Cole and The Dorcan Brook for the East Swindon Area down to above Buscot Wick .

Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property.

The river and flooding forecast is as follows: Following the recent rainfall, river levels on the River Cole are rising. The river may spill out into the floodplain in the Lower Stratton area. No property flooding is currently expected.
The weather forecast is to expect further showers overnight. Friday will see further showers, some of which may be heavy.

– Prepare a flood kit including a torch, batteries, mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.

– Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

– Farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

– Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk for river level and flooding information.

– Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 using quickdial 171235 for up-to-date flooding information.


Environment Agency South East
West Thames Flood Warning Duty Officer
Red Kite House,
Howbery Park, Wallingford,
Oxon. OX10 8BD
Floodline 0845 988 1188

Please do not reply to this email. If you want more information about flooding or to stop receiving these emails, please phone Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or log onto Floodline Warnings Direct at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodline.

4 thoughts on “Flood Alert – 12th July 2012 21:23”

  1. Whilst being warned about potential flooding, it is not reassuring that 5 years on from the devastating affects to the village at this time, little has been done by SBC or the Environment Agency to alleviate the flood risk in South Marston, this despite the village having more flooded properties than anywhere else in the Borough.

    Millions have been spent elsewhere by SBC/EA/Thames Water, despite several of us putting together a flood relief plan, and promises of action by SBC/EA, aside from a couple of new culverts, the major ditches remain full to the surface meaning the roads still flood regularly.

    There clearly must be a legal case against SBC/EA should we have a similar event to July 2007, God forbid, for negligence. Let us hope we will not need to pursue that route. Another catastrophic event like 2007 will make properties virtually uninsurable, and thus unsellable.

    1. Bob, the Sturrey Brook and the Marston Brook have in the past catered for the surface water generated by summer storms in the Parish Boundary,but, since the erection of giant industrial buildings upstream, with insufficient ponds to cater for the so called 100 year chance of flooding,its more likely to be 5 to 7 years.
      Those who gave the permissions for all the large developments probably live up in the hills, where their surface water, finishes up down here,so,the only way out is to put a “Levee” around every property with room,then one way valves in your sewer outlet and the poor blighters further downstream will have to put up with it,just how we are being treated by those who are faceless and nameless,do not expect anything to be done,I have heard that the whole country is “broke”as far as flood prevention is concerned,
      ps, I have the boat ready for use but a bit short on provisions,the potatoes are waterlogged but the key to the Village Hall would be a nice thing to have then, next” flood time” I could let the victims use a dry place to recover
      Where is the Emergency List ??.

  2. Allen whilst I would agree with your comments about all the building, it has to be said that the ditches in and around the village have no depth in them, which clearly compounds the problem, with OVL ditches at surface level in the main meaning water simply flows off the fields into the ditches and out onto the road.

    I have reported to the PC that the railway side ditch between, Rowborough and Quest now has a film on the water and is not flowing at all in any direction.

    Until those responsible for these ditches are instructed to clear them the potential in Village flooding remains a risk regardless of the problems from South Marston Park.

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