Gilberdyke survived the one of wettest Aprils in the last 100 years without witnessing the flooding of the past. The month saw just less than 150mm of rain, making it the wettest since the summer floods of 2007 – and wetter than the five preceding months all added together. The Parish Council funded Phase One (of three) drainage culvert performed as designed, with the surface water from a large section of the village running away into Far Drain and on to the river. This relieved the pressure on the existing systems in the village ensuring residents didn’t see a repeat of the flooding experienced previously with no houses being affected, and no problems reported.
Phase Two of the drainage culvert running between the gardens of Scalby Lane and Greenacre Park, and under Station Road is now approaching completion. This East Riding of Yorkshire Council funded section has not been without hiccups, with a short piece of the road subject to traffic light control, wet conditions delaying progress and the water pumped from the excavation onto the road highlighting the blockages in the road gullies. The contractors have constructed a manhole in the road to allow the remaining phase three section of culvert, running behind the properties on Westbrook Road, to be connected to the system.
The final Phase Three section is to start almost immediately, but is not as straight forward as one would imagine, although having spoken to the contractors they are confident of being able to undertake the work efficiently, with the minimum of disruption and restore the gardens back to their present condition. Obstacles such as garden sheds, garages and fish ponds will have to be either avoided or removed and replaced after the culvert has been installed. On speaking to residents the issue of greatest concern is the lack of communication by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. I certainly feel an amount of inconvenience for a relatively short period of time is a small price to pay for the peace of mind of Westbrook Road and Station Road residents, and all those flooded in the village during June 2007.
The £1.5 million scheme to widen the dykes from Gilberdyke down to the river, install a new cross dyke and a pumping station at Blacktoft is still progressing through the Environment Agency’s long and somewhat complicated approval process, although the funding would appear to be in place subject to all the criteria and being met. So far the project has passed every hurdle. As a member of the Ouse and Humber Drainage Board I push this at every opportunity.