Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Wooda Lane Leat - getting it cleared

We were lucky in Launceston that no homes were actually flooded during the recent bad weather. There were lots of very sodden gardens and some houses had a close run thing, but it seems that we escaped the fate of other towns and villages across Cornwall.

One of the main reasons why our town escaped the worst was flood preventions schemes like the leat that runs alongside Wooda Lane, You may well never have seen it. And if you have, you were probably trying to avoid driving (or falling) into it. But it copes with a huge amount of run off from the valley and the nearby hills.

This time it worked well, but residents told me today how close it came to overflowing. The water was only a couple of inches from the top. Part of the reason for this is just how overgrown the leat has become and how much rubbish has been thrown in there.

I've asked the Environment Agency to organise a clearance of the leat to that it can cope even better with future potential flooding. But please don't ever throw rubbish into a leat. Not only is it unsightly, but it starts a damming effect which can cause flooding.

Many thanks to everyone from the council and the Environment Agency and all the other people who helped to save people, possessions and property over the last few days.

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