Chubby rain - flood risk in Lewisham


Fry: Is there anything we can do to help find my friend?
Priest: Well, we could join together in prayer.
Fry: Yeah, but I mean anything useful?
Priest: No.

In March, Lewisham Council will be taking part in a flood-risk exercise called Project Watermark. The good people of Brockley sit relatively high up, away from flood plains, but many homes at risk from flooding are vulnerable to heavy rain simply because the sewers can't cope with the volume of water that heavy rain brings and Lewisham has a number of rivers running through it.

Here's the release from the Council, that explains the initiative:

During heavy rain and at high tide, the Thames and its tributaries are at most risk of flooding. Those areas most likely to be affected in Lewisham borough are New Cross, Deptford, central Lewisham, and low-lying areas around the A21. While the Thames Barrier is designed to help prevent flooding due to high tides, Lewisham Council has also made substantial landscaping improvements to increase the capacity of the borough’s waterways and rivers such as the Quaggy and Ravensbourne.

Now, as part of one of the biggest emergency exercises to be run in England and Wales, Lewisham will be taking part in Exercise Watermark from 4-11 March. The borough’s flooding response will be tested and Lewisham Council will be encouraging residents and businesses to find out whether they live in an at-risk area and make sure they are aware of what preparations and precautions they can take such as:

  • Keeping flood waters out by obtaining sandbags from a builders' merchant and covers for air bricks and other vents.
  • Buy flood-proof products. A comprehensive list of these can be found in ‘The Blue Pages’ directory on the National Flood Forum’s website www.floodforum.org.uk.
  • Check your buildings and contents insurance policies to see what cover they provide for flood damage.

To find out if your area is as risk of flooding and what other measures you can take to protect your home or business visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

32 comments:

Brockley Dogging Society said...

BDS will be staging a watersports event on the day, all are welcome.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the Quaggy defences done years ago,cant remember anything being done recently.

Brockley Kiwi said...

Come on global warming! Based on the EA flood map my house could soon be a short stroll to the river!

Anonymous said...

have a childhood memory of flooded out ladywell and catford think was 69/70

Lou Baker said...

Does Lewisham have a flood prevention officer/team?

If so, I wonder what they've been doing since 1968 when
the Quaggy 'disastrously' flooded the town to a depth of a few dozen Inches?

Possibly not the most demanding job ever. Called into swift action every few decades.

thisisengland said...

The Quaggy in Lee High Road was improved over the last 2 years. But silly me I thought it was the Dept of Environment that did the work in Sutcliffe Park, Ladywell, and Manor Gardens, and along the Quaggy. Not the council. Still never miss a chance to big yourselves up I suppose.

Aquaman said...

About once every 5 years myself and my neighbour's cellars flood up to about three feet, and Thames Water have to pump it out. It's been going on for decades say the water co. and only digging up half of Brockley will sort it out apparently.

Matt-Z said...

Which Road Aquaman?

Ian Williamson said...

The London Assembly Environment Committee has been looking at flood risk in London, particularly in the event of heavy rain - so not restricted to the main Thames flood plain.

The Committee has looked at two river management case studies in the Lewisham area - information here and here - the Environment Agency and the local Council are both partners in each case.

The project is beginning the report drafting stage but I'd still be interested to hear relevant views and information.

Get my email address and further information at the page linked to by my name on this comment. See also a short video, featuring those river works, from the Committee's Chair, Brockley's own Cllr Darren Johnson AM.

Ian Williamson
Scrutiny Manager - London Assembly Environment Committee

thisisengland said...

I've seen a cellar in Tyrwhitt that has a gulley built into the floor, and the cellar of a house in Glensdale flooded over Christmas.
There are many underground springs around the Hillyfields area.

Anonymous said...

True ThisisEngland,digging footings of 2.5 metres a few years ago,had to pump the water out every morning.

Anonymous said...

True ThisisEngland,digging footings of 2.5 metres a few years ago,had to pump the water out every morning.

Tamsin said...

Modern building regs. requiring access for all don't actually help. A year or so back in a deluge of rain we passed a chap desperately sweeping the water away from the front door of his recently converted basement flat. When the houses were originally built it would not have been an issue because there would have been a door step and sill for just that purpose - keeping sudden flood water out.

Too much concrete and not enough soak-away.

Peter said...

Nice initiative. I hope more people will join because it's good to help others.
Flood Damage

Aquaman said...

Howson Road, a friend on Revelon Rd has the same problem...

Anonymous said...

Good for the builders merchants too,with some people panic buying sand bags.

Anonymous said...

Is the sand organic?

Purveyors of Fine Sand & Dirt said...

Nope, it is fairtrade though.

Brockley Nick said...

Out of interest, please can you name the shops in Brockley you think sell pretentious artisan fare?

Seriously, I can't think of one.

Monkeyboy said...

Are kitsch weeping biblical figurines as sold by Sounds Around pretentious and/or artisan?

Anonymous said...

What's that got to do with anything?

But since you asked...

Broca
Broca food mart
Shop on the Hill (RIP)
Degustation
The other one

drakefell debaser said...

Aren't you clutching at straws a bit, anon, by including a shop that is no longer around, a cafe, a grocers and one you can't name?

Brockley Ben said...

Damn those pretentious freg vegetables

Brockley Ben said...

or even "fresh"

Brockley Nick said...

The Broca - a little bit "green" perhaps, but certainly not pretentious and very good value.

The Broca Food Market - likewise. Cheap eggs, fresh veg. Hardly pretentious.

Degustation - well I suppose some people would think anything French is inherently pretentious, but they're basically some French people selling products from their native land - nothing pretentious about that and the French don't worry about labels like Organic or Artisan and they certainly make little concession to vegetarians...

The Shop on the Hill no longer exists and I don't know what you mean by the other one.

You have proven the point - this "artisan" meme is nonsense.

Anonymous said...

The other one = dandelion blue?

Brockley Nick said...

Dandelion Blue could legitimately be put in to the "artisan" category (not that there's anything wrong with that) but it closed two years ago...

Anonymous said...

er... what's it called now then?

? said...

Anon,

There's a Coffe Shop there now, Browns. They sell....coffee. Apparently rather good coffee, is there an issue here that I'm missing or is your argument collapsing like a Conway brick wall?

Anonymous said...

Ooh dear, bet the neighbours don't like that. How much are the muffins?

Tamsin said...

I dunno - not quite irrelevant. The Hill Station specifically say that they sell "artisan" bread on Saturdays (acting as an outlet for an outside baker).

I make my own bread (and not in some fancy bread maker) because it produces wodgier toast and is franky cheaper (despite the rocketing price of flour). Is that "artisan"?

Sounds Around stuff neither pretentious nor artisan, just inspired and kitsch always fun to check out and occasionally exactly what you need.

RosieH said...

Bottom of Loampit Vale flooded badly several times when I was a Goldsmiths student back in the mid 90s. One of the things that was addressed when that area was redeveloped before the DLR station was built.

Looks like a good time to look at how well flood issues are continuing to affect the area and changes in river management for the next few years

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