In July 2014 18 homes in South Milford were flooded. The damage to some homes was so severe that some of the repairs are still not finished, over a year on from the event.
Nigel Adams MP visited South Milford last Saturday to see how people in the village who formed SMAF (South Milford Against Flooding) were playing their part in cutting down the risk of flooding whenever there is heavy rain.
It was a rainy day so it provided a good reminder of the reason for the team of volunteers to be out on a training course given by the River Stewardship Company. It was a practical course with wellies or waders essential. The objective was to clear the water course of excess vegetation which prevents water from flowing freely and causes silt to build up. It is essential to keep water courses clear because the gradual build-up of vegetation and silt increases the risk of flooding and the depth of water when flooding does occur. The team cleared 100 metres of water course during the day. Vegetation cleared included Japanese Knotweed which requires special treatment and controlled disposal.
Nigel Adams said: “This is a great example of a village action group doing their bit to solve the flooding problem. Keeping the water course clear through the village is obviously important but I was disappointed to hear that the work being done by various Agencies was not yet complete. The villagers are playing their part and I will be writing to Yorkshire Water asking them to complete the work on the main culvert which they started but which has not yet been completed. ”
Derek George, Chairman of SMAF, said, “I would like to thank the members of SMAF who took part in the event, it is essential that the village plays its part in making sure that those people who own land up to the stream are aware of the their responsibilities to keep the water course clear of obstructions. I was very pleased with the work that we got done during the day.”
The work is part of an ongoing project within the village and the next opportunity for villagers to wade in and help to reduce the risk of flooding will be on Sunday 4 October at 1pm.
L to R: Efrem Samways (RSC), Heather Rotherham, Dr. John Burden, David Cook, Roger Lee, Nigel Adams, Derek George, Helen Horby (RSC)