Village News

Christmas Lights

160601 | Hayle residents mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme | The Cornishman

Via http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Victims-flooding-Hayle-appeal-Environmental/...

 

Victims of flooding in Hayle appeal for Environmental Agency to take action over river

By CMKirsteSmith  |  Posted: February 16, 2016

  • June and her family with some of the ruined furniture from the flood

VIEW GALLERY
Comments (0)

A FAMILY from Hayle are appealing for the Environmental Agency to take action after a river overflowed and destroyed a 75-year-old woman's home.

June Wicks, who lives on Philgray Close watched a flood destroy her home and possessions in just 10 minutes.

June's home flooded on January 31 after the river at the back of her garden started to overflow and covered her entire garden and continued to rise.

The overflowing river water was then joined by sewage which was coming out of the manhole cover also in her garden.

Related content

June and her family are now appealing for the Environmental Agency to come out and see why the river caused the flooding.

June said: "They river needs to get sorted out. I am worried that it could happen again and I could lose everything all over again."

Work has currently started to dry out June's home. Wendy Heale, June's daughter, said: "The insurance company are out, South West Water came out within hours to check the pipes under the garden were clear but we have heard nothing back from the Environmental Agency.

The river could be the Council's or it could be the Environmental Agency's river, someone has to own it and we just want it sorted out."

June and her family have been receiving many offers from local businesses and residents to help.

Wendy said: "We have had so many offers from people to come and help. We have had texts and messages over Facebook and even people, who I have never met before, have asked if they can do anything. One man from Liskeard even offered to come down to help with my mum's garden.

"It's so nice to have this support and we want to thank everyone who has offered but we have to wait for the insurance company to do their part first."

Paul Gainey, from the Environment Agency, said: "We took a visit to the steam and noted that there were many obstructions across the watercourse as well as a surcharged culvert beneath a footpath. Local people reported that the culvert was in poor condition.

"The situation is further complicated because where the watercourse discharges into the Angarrack Stream the Environment Agencies predecessors, pumping station built in about 1981, installed a pump at Marsh Lane to over-pump flow which cannot gravitate into the Angarrack stream during times of high level. We have continued to maintain this pumping station since its construction using our permissive powers as the pumping station is within 7m of the main river.

"During the flood events of this year our telemetry and staff visiting the site confirmed the pump was working correctly. As a further precaution, our engineers also visited the site on several occasions over the weekend to ensure that it was functioning correctly.

"The stream which runs through Philgray Close has 'Ordinary Watercourse' designation and as such does not fall within our remit – unlike the Angarrack River. Consequently we do not have formal authority to undertake work on it. Any issues received regarding its condition or maintenance would be forwarded to Cornwall Council who have permissive powers on this minor watercourse."

A spokesperson from Cornwall Council said: "The Council will be investigating further and will liaise with the EA and with the owners of the affected properties to understand the problem and to see if there is anything that can be done to improve the situation."

 

Book page

TitleCreated
240214 | Hayle North Quay development collapse sees eight companies go bust Work has ground to a halt on the blocks of flats 1 week 5 days agoBook page
240220 | Poling works | Grist Lane and Marsh Lane, Angarrack | expected 20 Feb 2024 0830-1630, for one day 3 weeks 3 days agoBook page
231130 | Are you ready for weekly food waste recycling? | Food Waste, Recycling and Rubbish Collection Changes 12 weeks 2 days agoBook page
230821 | People of Cornwall town 'thrown under bus' over housing plan | direct result of councillors handled Hayle masterplan 27 weeks 2 days agoBook page
230817 | When will new rubbish collection changes start, Cornwall 28 weeks 1 day agoBook page
230809 | Holiday park in Cornwall for emergency housing still empty | Sandbank site purchased Cornwall Council in Jan 2022 29 weeks 1 hour agoBook page
230811 | Decision on huge solar farm at Carnhell Green: refused 29 weeks 3 hours agoBook page
230809 | Nearest NHS dental practice to Cornwall taking new patients 29 weeks 4 hours agoBook page
230730 | Practice Comparison: Praze-An-Beeble Surgery; Bodriggy Health Centre | 2023 GP Patient Survey 30 weeks 5 days agoBook page
230728 | Woman dies in fatal collision on A30 at Loggans, near Hayle 30 weeks 5 days agoBook page
230630 | Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust cares for 25 patients with Covid-19 in hospital 35 weeks 15 hours agoBook page
230629 | CORNWALL has had the highest number of storm overflow spills in the UK, according to new analysis 35 weeks 1 day agoBook page

tags in