Southwell flooding festival narrowly avoids flash floods

Southwell flood.'Potwell Dyke on Church Street which became overwhelmed with heavy rain.
Southwell flood.'Potwell Dyke on Church Street which became overwhelmed with heavy rain.

A festival to help boost funds to protect a town from flooding narrowly missed being affected by flash floods at the weekend.

The Southwell Flood Fest was held on Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Playing Fields, Bishops Drive, to mark the anniversary of the disaster last July when homes and properties were damaged by rising waters.

The event on Saturday was organised by the Southwell Flood Forum and saw a barbecue and family entertainment.

However, by late afternoon - and around half an hour after the festival had drawn to a close - the heavens opened and caused a deluge, leaving nearby Halam Road under several inches of water.

Meanwhile, more than £121,000 is set to be invested in Southwell to improve sewage flow, although Severn Trent Water says the work won’t reduce the risk of flooding.

The work will start next week on Halloughton Road to help prevent waste water from getting in to Potwell Dyke, thus helping to protect the waterway.

Severn Trent Water’s, Andrew Morley, explained: “We understand that parts of Southwell suffer from flooding when there’s heavy rainfall.

“Unfortunately, this work won’t solve it but it will make sure that sewage can’t enter Potwell Dyke. We’re working during the school summer holidays, to help minimise disruption to motorists.

“We’ll be building two new manholes and laying a new sewer at the north end of Halloughton Road, between Westgate and the first junction on the road.

“While we do this, we’d like to ask motorists to use Westgate and the Nottingham Road to help to keep disruption to a minimum.

“We’d like to say thanks to the local community for working with us. We won’t be working for long but the benefits will be.”

Potwell Dyke was overwhelmed last July because of heavy rain and led to homes and businesses on Church Street being flooded, some of which who are still recovering.