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Government to launch probe into Chew Valley village floods

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

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A more detailed investigation into flooding in Chew Magna has been promised by the Government.

Environment minister Richard Benyon has told local MP Jacob Rees-Mogg that the Environment Agency would continue to work with Bath and North East Somerset Council to provide information and advice to the community.

But he said that a flood alleviation scheme could not be justified in the village.

The severe flooding that has hit the Chew Magna and Chew Stoke areas prompted a written question from North East Somerset MP Mr Rees- Mogg.

The MP wanted to know what recent assessment Mr Benyon's department had made of the effectiveness and value for money of the Chew Magna property level flood protection scheme.

Mr Benyon said that as there was a risk of chronic flooding in the village, funding had been allocated for homes to be given a variety of defences including flood protection boards, automatic air bricks, waste and foul drain non-return valves and toilet bungs.

Mr Benyon said: "Property level protection was successfully deployed by residents.

"However, some measures did not prevent flooding, either because they were overwhelmed, or bypassed or because they were damaged."

Meanwhile, Chew Stoke residents have been keeping their sandbags at the ready over the Christmas period in case of further deluges.

Parish council chairman Alison Cunningham said that villages have been on their guard every time it had rained since the flooding which cut off the Chew Valley area.

Residents discussed their concerns with officers from the Environment Agency , Bristol Waterworks and Bath and North East Somerset Council at a drop-in session held in the village.

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