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Old 07-12-2017, 10:24 AM
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At the top of the Test the groundwater is at the lowest ever recorded. River keepers say they have never seen the river so low and seriously worried about next year.
Just got a text message from the Environment Agency warning that I live in a flood area. Good work lads.

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Old 07-12-2017, 11:09 AM
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In the first place I doubt that the groundwater is the lowest ever. 1976 would be the benchmark for that and we've had some extended drought periods in every decade since.

Flood areas are based upon the 1947 flooding, so while you may not have flooded in recent memory there is obviously a line on the map that indicates that you are in the 1:100 year flood plain as outlined on the 1947 map.

Better you know that piece of information so you can inform your insurance company, or do you think it would be better not to know and then one fine day wake up to find you are underwater? I'm sure your insurance people would love THAT and you would be screaming at the EA for NOT telling you that you were in an area liable to flood.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:36 AM
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In the first place I doubt that the groundwater is the lowest ever. 1976 would be the benchmark for that and we've had some extended drought periods in every decade since.

Flood areas are based upon the 1947 flooding, so while you may not have flooded in recent memory there is obviously a line on the map that indicates that you are in the 1:100 year flood plain as outlined on the 1947 map.

Better you know that piece of information so you can inform your insurance company, or do you think it would be better not to know and then one fine day wake up to find you are underwater? I'm sure your insurance people would love THAT and you would be screaming at the EA for NOT telling you that you were in an area liable to flood.
Well according to The Test and Itchen Association, the groundwater is at its lowest ever recorded and as I'm sure you know, all of the winterbournes at the top of the Test have been dry for three years. I live on the banks of the river, have done all my life and certainly won't go 'screaming to the EA' about anything so please don't try and change the tone of my point.

I like the EA Bob and as you endlessly tell us, you worked for them for many years. No need to be so defensive. Just thought it was a tad ironic to receive such a message in such conditions, that's all.

The automated text message from the EA is an a*** covering insurance exercise on their part, not mine and that annoys me greatly. The world we live in Bob eh?

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Old 07-12-2017, 12:39 PM
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Odd then, Reg, that the Test where I guided for several days during the summer, and the Itchen where I had five days grayling fishing in October, are in good nick compared to the Kennet where I live.

There the river upstream of Marlborough is still flowing, albeit very little, but we've been there before many times; the last as recently as 2012 when it stopped as far down as the College just to the west of the town necessitating a fish rescue operation by my ex-colleagues. We were told then by the Action for the River Kennet people that the river would take a generation to recover. They should have kept quiet.

In '76 the source of the Kennet was Marlborough Sewage Works which is to the east of the town. We're nowhere near that yet and looking out of the window I have my doubts that we'll get to that stage this year either.

We've had this "worst it's ever been," scenario many times. The ultimate was 1976 when I was a keeper on the Wylye. THAT was bad, but the river recovered very rapidly, and so it will again.

This is not to belittle the situation facing our chalkstreams. For a nation that has more than 80% of the world's chalkstreams we treat them abysmally and have done for generations. We allowed the development of a large town in Wiltshire and supplied it from a borehole not 800 metres from the river knowing that it would have a detrimental effect on that river. To compound matters they then allowed the treated water to be returned NOT to the river from which it was taken but to another river in a totally different catchment. Today, more then half a century on, it still goes on, and those in the Kennet Valley Fisheries Association who rubber-stamped the proposal are, of course, long since gone.

The Kennet & Avon Canal which is allowed to dump sediment and algae-laden water into a clear chalkstream is a scandal of epic proportions.

We genuinely do not deserve to have chalkstreams in this country.
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From Hydrological Outlook UK :: Latest outlook

Groundwater

Groundwater levels in October remained below normal to notably low across the majority of the southern Chalk aquifer. Elsewhere, groundwater levels were within the normal range, with the exception of south-western Scotland where levels remained exceptionally high.

Over the next three months, groundwater levels in the south-eastern Chalk aquifer are likely to remain below normal. Elsewhere in the UK, groundwater levels are likely to be normal to above normal for November. The notably high groundwater levels that have persisted throughout the year in the Permo-Triassic sandstones in northern England are likely to return to normal to above normal levels over the next three months.
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Flood areas are based upon the 1947 flooding, so while you may not have flooded in recent memory there is obviously a line on the map that indicates that you are in the 1:100 year flood plain as outlined on the 1947 map.

Better you know that piece of information so you can inform your insurance company, or do you think it would be better not to know and then one fine day wake up to find you are underwater? I'm sure your insurance people would love THAT and you would be screaming at the EA for NOT telling you that you were in an area liable to flood.
I think the one thing we can be sure on is that the insurance company knows very well indeed who's in a flood risk area!
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