Various options have been considered to reduce flood risk and the final solution is a combination of each of the following:
Larger pipes will be constructed that can cope with flows from all but the most extreme rainfall events. This involves increasing the size of existing culverts, or constructing additional culverts on a different route.
Rainwater will be diverted into specially designed storage areas until the rain has passed over. Once the rain has stopped and the amount of water in the pipes has dropped, this ‘stored’ water can be released and will flow away without causing any problems.
By using detailed computer modelling, it has been possible to predict where flooding may happen, and where any flood water will go. We then used this information to make alterations to the system, and the local built environment, to ensure that if flooding does occur, it does not seriously affect people and property.
Ensuring that the public, local businesses, the emergency services and the relevant public bodies in the area are aware of, and understand, the potential flood risks and what they need to do to protect themselves and the community.
Ensuring that all drainage systems in the area are going to be maintained properly and that any future developments are designed to ensure that flood risk is not increased.