22 FEB – STATEMENT NO 4 ON FLOODING FROM WICKHAMBREAUX PARISH COUNCIL

Further update report on the water issues from Wickhambreaux Parish Council.

The Environment Agency and ourselves are continuing to deal with the current water situation. The levels at the mills have reduced slightly but Wickham Lane, Ickham is still at the same height.

Over the last five days we have had only 4mm of rain and although the area is still under pressure it has been a relief that conditions have improved. The Royal Engineers have had two days dealing with the overtopping of the Great Stour and Lampen Wall and have done a great job – our thanks go to them. For the first day today the water levels in the Grove area have stopped rising.

We are still waiting for KCC to put a road closed/access only sign in Wickhambreaux for the Grove roads as currently vehicles get as far as Sandpits Cottages before they reach a road closed sign.

Obviously levels in the whole area are still at a critical state and we must not be complacent, particularly because current reports say that next week we could be getting some more rain but hopefully not like we had a week ago.

The Grove Ferry and Grove to Preston roads remain closed, along with Drill Lane and Wickham Road to Ickham.

Please be assured we are continuing to monitor the water levels and thank the residents again for their level-headed approach and assistance.

Contact Numbers if required:

Environment Agency Emergency Floodline number 0845 9881188

Southern Water 0845 2780845

KCC Highways 03000 418181

Martin Twyman 07889 120274