Ditch proposal to prevent flooding

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A dry ditch will be built in Southwell to try to protect homes from flooding. Southwell Town Council agreed to the ditch for Minster Fields, behind Farthingate. It could potentially reduce the risk of flooding for residents of Harvey’s Field. The town council has become the riparian owner of the stretch of the dyke that… Read more »

Flood victims appeal for help

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Flood victims claim they have been let down by a lack of help towards preventing future damage to their homes. Residents of Harvey’s Field, Southwell, said little progress had been made to solve simple problems that would prevent their homes from flooding. Three homes suffered £1/2m-worth of damage when Potwell Dyke burst its banks after… Read more »

Flooding fears recede

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Blocked gullies, blamed for much of the flooding in Southwell last summer, could be cleared twice a year instead of once, but some fear it still may not be enough. Southwell Town Council welcomed the recommendation by Nottinghamshire County Council’s flooding (drainage and watercourses) select committee to change its policy.   Read more

Fears flood back as rains return

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Residents in parts of Southwell prepared for the worst as the town went on flood alert in response to this week’s rain. People living in Church Street, Easthorpe and Harvey’s Field protected their homes with sandbags received from Newark and Sherwood District Council. Around 200 sandbags were delivered by the council. They were also issued… Read more »

Flood fear remains

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Residents say not enough has been done to reduce the risk of more flooding in Southwell. Six months after streets were waist-deep in water residents are disappointed at the progress of organisations including Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Severn Trent Water on resolving issues that contributed to the floods. Mr and… Read more »


First races start at flood track

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Full-scale horse racing has returned to a Nottinghamshire racecourse for the first time since the summer floods. Southwell was left under four feet (1.2m) of water in June when a nearby river burst its banks. Repairs to the course and buildings have cost about £4m and managers admitted there was still a lot to be… Read more »


Flooding closes schools and roads

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Residents in several Nottinghamshire villages have been battling floods for the second time in four days after a night and day of torrential rain. Homes were also affected in Southwell and the Minster School was forced to close. Head teacher Phil Blinston said this forced the cancellation of some exams. Read more on the BBC… Read more »


Minister tours flood-hit village

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People in Nottinghamshire who suffered during July’s floods have been assured they have not been forgotten. Gillian Merron, minister for the East Midlands, visited some of the affected areas to listen to residents. She saw the damage at Southwell racecourse and toured the village of Lowdham where dozens of homes were hit. Residents told her… Read more »

03/08/2007 Residents clearing up after one of 15 previous floods in the last 20 years © Newark Advertiser

Street suffering repeat flooding

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RESIDENTS of a Southwell street affected by the recent flooding believe Severn Trent could have prevented the problems. Houses on Leeway Road have flooded at least 15 times in the last 20 years. People living there say Severn Trent started work on the drains more than ten years ago to prevent their homes flooding again…. Read more »

Drains could not cope

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THE area’s flooding problems were discussed by Southwell Town Council planning committee on Wednesday. Members said drainage problems in the town were to blame for last week’s flooded roads in the town. Mr Graham Ball said the Co- op store and the health centre on The Ropewalk had balancing tanks that pumped the water into… Read more »