Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Gilberdyke Flood Relief Project Begins!

After all the organisational work, all the arguments and all the hassle - construction work has finally started on the Gilberdyke Flood Relief project this morning. Those who were affected by the June 2007 floods will, I’m sure, be looking forward to the work being completed and the risk of future flooding being vastly reduced.

Once the new culvert is installed there will be less pressure on the Yorkshire Water sewage system (into which an amount of the surface water discharges at present) and the other surface water drains, therefore this culvert will have a positive effect for most of the village.

This is the first of the three phases and the section which takes the surface water from most of the village, once completed the other two phases can then follow on soon after, looking towards a completion date for the whole system in the spring.

There will obviously be some minor disruption during the undertaking of the work, some people have raised the issue of the pipes being stored near the Health Centre and another raised the issue of the spoil being temporarily piled at the side of the public footpath. Hopefully the pipes will soon be buried in the ground and once the job in completed the spoil and waste materials will all be removed.

This work is a great example of a community working in partnership with organisations such as the Parish Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Lower Ouse Internal Drainage Board.

Many thanks to all those people who have stuck with this.


(Pictured with the contractors who had to hand dig the first section)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a victim in 2007 I am deeply grateful that work has now started. Perhaps now I can sleep when it rains at night. Thanks to you and to the people of the flood action group and parish council who drove this through. I know you had to fight tooth and nail to overcome objections to get this far.

robert williamson said...

Having had 2 relatives who were flooded in 2007 in the village (1 still living in the village)I would like to say a very big thank you for everyone who has helped in getting the flood relief project up and running and once finished it should give comfort for all residents in the village (particularly ones who were flooded in 2007).

Anonymous said...

Its beyond belief but I have recently heard that even after the floods and all the publicity about the importance of drains there are still incidences of people filling in dykes in the village.

John Jessop said...

re the report that dykes are still being filled in. Can you identify where this has gone on please? If you do not want to post the answer here a tip to any one of the Parish Councillors or the Flood Action Group will enable it to be followed up.

Anonymous said...

some people - methinks one person Paul?

Anonymous said...

I really feel sorry for the workmen struggling in the mud because the job was held up from starting until winter rather than getting it done during the drier weather last autumn.

John Jessop said...

I hope the weather shows a change to dry soon or the job may be delayed. You are absolutely right about the benefit of doing the work in the dry. As things stand the machinery must be sinking into the mud and handling the large pipes an absoute nightmare in the conditions.

Anonymous said...

Please put this on your blog if you know someone who is a W**ker! Or just a complete and utter tw*t! W**kers affect the lives of many. There is still no known cure for these ar**holes!!! But we can raise awareness ......