The Environment Agency rain gauge, upstream from Oakington at Uttons Drove (near Swavesy), received 140mm rainfall between 12:00 and 18:00 on Friday 8 August. Equivalent to three months of rainfall in six hours or 300% of the monthly long term average rainfall for this area.
The main thrust of the water seems to have run off of the playing field, the fields behind Bar Hill or come up through the village drainage system from the pressure of water from further up the hill.
A very rough calculation shows me that some 2.5 million gallons of water fell on Tesco and the industrial area around it and that doesn't take any account of the water rushing out of the drains or running in from other parts of the village.
- Sass Pledger, Flood & Water Team, Cambridgeshire County Council
- Emma Murden, Highways Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council
- Graham Tweed, Children’s Families & Adults Directorate, Cambridgeshire County Council
- Pat Matthews, Drainage Manager, South Cambs District Council
- Rob Mungovan, Ecological Officer, South Cambs District Council
- Georgina Nichols, Environment Agency
- Sergeant Mark Rabel, Cambridgeshire Constabulary
The Parish Council is looking to see what, if anything, could mitigate the effects of this sort of event. The parish council has taken a number of actions:-
- A separate environment committee has been set up to look after trees, green areas and drainage.
- The Parish Council had no information about the surface water drainage of the village and this is now being rectified
- A plan for sustained maintanence of Dam Brook, the Saxon way drain and the infiltration basin (by the flyover) is inhand
- The Bar Hill surface water drainage system has been researched and documented Click here to see the work so far
- The work to clean out the Saxon Way ditch and the Infiltration Basin has been scheduled (starting week begining 10th August 2015
A link to a map showing the areas of Bar Hill at risk of surface water flooding.
Bar Hill flood risk map
A link to a map showing the villages around Bar Hill & their risk of surface water flooding.
Local area flood risk map
There is information about flood insurance here
Cambridge County Council has published newsletter No. 2 regarding the August 2014 flooding. to read it click here
Cambridge County Council has published newsletter No. 3 regarding the August 2014 flooding. to read it click here
The Parish Council has been contacted by the National Flood forum:-
I fully understand the support that these flooded people need. With our recovery programme we have worked intensively recently for Surrey County Council & Kent, Maidstone Borough Council. We would be happy to come and do the same here in a less intensive way, perhaps the recovery trailer for the day. Unfortunately, because we are a charity with no core funding we do have to charge for our services. Please find attached out Flood Event Recovery Services information.
There is more information about the service provided here
Here are some links to videos of the event:-
If anyone has any pictures of the event or its aftermath please send them to me (webmaster) and I will add them to this page.