Work begins on beck after flooding fight

A FIGHT to reduce flooding in South Elmsall has been won as an overhaul of Langthwaite Beck culvert has started.

Coun Wilf Benson has been trying to ensure the beck is repaired since the floods of 2007 - which left many homes damaged by floodwater.

He is elated by the announcement by the Environment Agency that the culvert – a structure that carries water underground - will be inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent flooding.

Coun Benson said: “I am over the moon at the news as it is something myself and the local community have been pushing to get sorted for several years now.

“The floods were devastating and I hope that never happens again and this is one way to prevent further problems.”

Work started at the beck on Monday.

Project Manager Glenn Fieldhouse said: “Many people live and work near culverts and may not even know that they are there. However, blocked culverts are a significant cause of localised flooding to home owners and businesses.”

“We always take actions to minimise the impact of our work on people and the environment. Where possible, we also look for opportunities to undertake environmental improvements.”

Environment Agency staff have informed people whose properties are close to the prioritised culverts and watercourses about the planned work.

Effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum and affected properties will be restored to their original condition as quickly as possible.

The repairs of part of a major refurbishment programme, which will look at all 800 culverts across Yorkshire.

Residents can check whether their homes or businesses are at risk of flooding and join the Environment Agency’s free Floodline Warnings Direct service.

Information on how to join, and about the local risk of flooding are available by calling the Floodline on 0845 988 11 88.