Level of River Colne at Watford on Saturday second highest recorded

The entrance to Tesco Extra at Waterfields on Saturday. Picture by @rich_mortimer

The entrance to Tesco Extra at Waterfields on Saturday. Picture by @rich_mortimer

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The Environment Agency has reported that the level of the River Colne in Watford on Saturday was the second highest on record.

The only time it has been higher was in October 2000.

Although levels remain high, they have continued to fall since Saturday.

However, they remain highly sensitive to any significant rainfall as the surrounding area is saturated.

The agency will continue to monitor the situation as further unsettled weather is forecast for this week.

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8:57am Mon 10 Feb 14

dontknowynot says...

It is now looking as if there should be a rethink on how much money is spent on flood defence, or management of the water from such wet winters. The wise thing to do is assume that this is directly linked to the rise in sea and ocean temperatures over the last three decades and assume it will happen again. As such we face two choices let it flood or engineer our way out, if we take the later this would have to be a multi river approach and not just passing it down the line.
It is now looking as if there should be a rethink on how much money is spent on flood defence, or management of the water from such wet winters. The wise thing to do is assume that this is directly linked to the rise in sea and ocean temperatures over the last three decades and assume it will happen again. As such we face two choices let it flood or engineer our way out, if we take the later this would have to be a multi river approach and not just passing it down the line. dontknowynot
  • Score: 10

9:32am Mon 10 Feb 14

CockleKate says...

The run off from all the concrete on the 'Health' campus is really going to help - expect worse to come.
The run off from all the concrete on the 'Health' campus is really going to help - expect worse to come. CockleKate
  • Score: 11

2:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

TRT says...

They need to dig out staggered holding lakes along the course of the river, areas designed to flood, yet which form amenity space during non-flood events. There are some near London Colney already, but we need them at Waterfields, Riverside, Oxhey park etc. The fact that they've removed football pitches from Waterfields is a disgrace when they are also planning on removing them from Oxhey Park as well. At this rate, there won't BE any Sunday League type fields left.
They need to dig out staggered holding lakes along the course of the river, areas designed to flood, yet which form amenity space during non-flood events. There are some near London Colney already, but we need them at Waterfields, Riverside, Oxhey park etc. The fact that they've removed football pitches from Waterfields is a disgrace when they are also planning on removing them from Oxhey Park as well. At this rate, there won't BE any Sunday League type fields left. TRT
  • Score: 4

4:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

dontknowynot says...

TRT wrote:
They need to dig out staggered holding lakes along the course of the river, areas designed to flood, yet which form amenity space during non-flood events. There are some near London Colney already, but we need them at Waterfields, Riverside, Oxhey park etc. The fact that they've removed football pitches from Waterfields is a disgrace when they are also planning on removing them from Oxhey Park as well. At this rate, there won't BE any Sunday League type fields left.
sort of thing would be part of the answer, all local authorities need to combine with central gov and the environment agency to find solutions, multi agency and many years of it
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: They need to dig out staggered holding lakes along the course of the river, areas designed to flood, yet which form amenity space during non-flood events. There are some near London Colney already, but we need them at Waterfields, Riverside, Oxhey park etc. The fact that they've removed football pitches from Waterfields is a disgrace when they are also planning on removing them from Oxhey Park as well. At this rate, there won't BE any Sunday League type fields left.[/p][/quote]sort of thing would be part of the answer, all local authorities need to combine with central gov and the environment agency to find solutions, multi agency and many years of it dontknowynot
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Keefer says...

Premier Inn have worsened the situation by building on the flood plain in Water Lane! They were refused planning permission by the Local Council, but were successful in their appeal to the Conservative County Council who, stung by defeat in Watford, couldn't care less for the residents of Watford. That building has (pardon the pun) given rise to flooding on a larger scale than in previous years along the River Colne, and in areas that were considered safe.

That said, the amount of rainfall this winter would have caused flooding no matter who built on what land! The ground is saturated and can't hold anymore water, so it runs off into the streets.
Premier Inn have worsened the situation by building on the flood plain in Water Lane! They were refused planning permission by the Local Council, but were successful in their appeal to the Conservative County Council who, stung by defeat in Watford, couldn't care less for the residents of Watford. That building has (pardon the pun) given rise to flooding on a larger scale than in previous years along the River Colne, and in areas that were considered safe. That said, the amount of rainfall this winter would have caused flooding no matter who built on what land! The ground is saturated and can't hold anymore water, so it runs off into the streets. Keefer
  • Score: 4

6:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

On the plus side some of our chalk rivers eg the Gade are breathing again after years where they have lost their flow and in ome years are a mere trickle of their previous life.
On the plus side some of our chalk rivers eg the Gade are breathing again after years where they have lost their flow and in ome years are a mere trickle of their previous life. Cuetip
  • Score: 6

11:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

dontknowynot says...

When you look at what happens the Colne and Gade flood then the Thames Floods Two days latter, logically when the water is above a certain level it would be best to get rid of it somewhere else, this however would be very expensive but may be the only alternative to floods from Radlet and Kings Langley thro watford, Rickmansworth Wraysbury and further downstream.
When you look at what happens the Colne and Gade flood then the Thames Floods Two days latter, logically when the water is above a certain level it would be best to get rid of it somewhere else, this however would be very expensive but may be the only alternative to floods from Radlet and Kings Langley thro watford, Rickmansworth Wraysbury and further downstream. dontknowynot
  • Score: 0

11:27am Tue 11 Feb 14

Let`s`aveitright says...

The new Waitrose store about to be built on the old Gasworks site is not going to help this flood situation. This is the only piece of `soak land` left on this retail island. I understand this area will be concreted over for the development and the store will be raised with the car park underneath!
The new Waitrose store about to be built on the old Gasworks site is not going to help this flood situation. This is the only piece of `soak land` left on this retail island. I understand this area will be concreted over for the development and the store will be raised with the car park underneath! Let`s`aveitright
  • Score: 2

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