Flood defences declared ‘closed’
By Bob Horrocks
Opening ceremonies usually declare a construction ‘open’, but the Mimmshall Brook flood defences were officially ‘closed’ on Friday 5 March, 2004, to mark the end of almost nine months work.
The defences will protect 13 properties and an electricity substation from flooding. The last time Mimmshall Brook flooded was in 2000.
The local MP, and Minister for Public Health, Melanie Johnson declared the gates officially 'closed' as she threw a bowl of water from Mimmshall Brook at the construction. Local resident Peter Catchpole gave a speech thanking the MP, the contractors, and the workmen for the project. A plaque was unveiled by Melanie Johnson and Dave Wardle of the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency has had one practice run at setting out the signs warning people of the closed gates, closing the gates and roadside drain holes, and putting warning lights on the hooks on the closed gates.
They say they will have a few more practices to ensure they will get it right when it is done for real. It has not been decided yet how often they will practise this, but they will close the gates and drain holes along the roadway at least once a year to ensure they still function.
5 March 2004
Flood alleviation work completed - 26 February 2004
Six months of flood alleviation work - 23 May 2003
Flood alleviation work underway - 4 March 2003
Flood warning for local river - 2 January 2003
Mimmshall Brook flood alleviation work - 26 October 2002
Flood defence public meeting - 9 October 2002
Homes evacuated following flooding - 30 October 2000
Warrengate Road flooding photogallery - 30 October 2000