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Hornsea flooding subsides but questions remain

    By Andrea Kirk  

A WEEK after a cottage, fields and several gardens were flooded in Hornsea the Environment Agency has pumped excess water from Stream Dyke last weekend.

Despite adding to congestion in the town while the South Promenade road was closed over the weekend much of the over flowed dyke, which connects the Mere and the sea, was cleared.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The reason for the pumping at Hornsea has been due to significant prolonged rainfall on ground that is already saturated. We have now been able to stop pumping water from the Stream Dyke as we have managed to get the level of water down sufficiently to help reduce any flood risk in the area. However, we will be monitoring the situation closely as there is rain forecast for the rest of the week. In the long-term we are working with our partners Yorkshire Water, East Riding Council and affected properties in the area to put mitigation measures in place in the future.”

Mark and Maria Anderson, whose home, Viaduct Cottage, was flooded, had not had any help or heard anything until the weekend having spent almost a week sweeping water away from their home at high tide twice a day to prevent further water from entering.

When there is high tide the outlet pipe is closed to prevent flooding. There is however a barrier between the Mere and Stream Dyke which can be closed when necessary and the couple were calling for the gate to be shut during high tide while the area was flooding.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water, which owns the barrier gate and dyke, said: “We do have some assets in the area, namely there are some penstocks that are used to regulate flows between the Mere and Stream Dyke, we also have a trash screen on Stream Dyke that we maintain.

“However we do not control the levels in either the Mere or Stream Dyke, usually the Mere master will contact us if the levels in the Mere are too high and we would open a penstock at his request, or the EA would contact us if the levels in Stream Dyke were too high, to regulate flow coming from the Mere.

“Our only action is to respond to requests to open or close penstocks, what each water body level should be regulated at is for the EA and the Mere master to agree.”

Yorkshire Water have also confirmed they have a multiagency meeting coming up to tryand agree a new way forward for this area. The Yorkshire Water spokesman added: “These are essentially legacy assets that shouldn’t be under the ownership of the water company.”

In the meantime, it has been confirmed that Hornsea Town Councillor Tim Bunch has received photographs and details about the dyke being overgrown and full of reeds which he had passed to fellow councillor and East Riding Ward Councillor Barbara Jefferson who had passed this to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “Any reports the council receives regarding issues with the dyke would be passed on to the Environment Agency.”

Cllr Bunch said when reporting the vegetation in the dyke in early October: “I was sent a picture of the south promenade part of Stream Dyke; as you can see it extremely overgrown. I thought it may need reporting before winter as it may cause flooding further back and I know these things take time to action.”

Meanwhile, Hornsea Tesco store has also had flooding to its car park which at the peak of the flooding saw around half of the car park out of action.

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