13 May 2014

Work is being carried out to see what measures could be introduced to minimise the impact of flooding in Gainsborough Road, Corby.

Northamptonshire County Council and Corby Borough Council are working together to find a solution and potentially get funding for the work to be done.

The road has experienced flooding regularly in recent years with the problem being particularly acute this winter, which was one of the wettest on record.

What work has been done?

As part of the county council’s role as the lead local flood authority, an investigation was undertaken into the historic causes of flooding and recent flooding incidents. This then identified which organisations were best placed to resolve the issues.

Now Corby Council is undertaking a study, which uses hydraulic modelling work and observations of flooding to consider mitigation measures that could be undertaken to resolve problems.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “I’m delighted that real progress is being made in finding the cause of the flooding problems in Gainsborough Road, Corby, and I’m hopeful that we can find a long-term solution.

“Often there are a variety of factors that all play a role in causing flooding and our work has revolved around finding out exactly what the reasons are.

“We are committed to working with our partners, particularly Corby Borough Council on this.”

How was flooding caused?

The county council investigation found that the flooding occurred in a part-culverted watercourse, due to high rainfall levels.

The watercourse could not contain the heavy flows of water and this led to its banks over-flowing. In addition, significant quantities of debris are washed through the watercourse in times of high rainfall and this builds up at the debris grilles, exacerbating the flooding.

The study by Corby Council has looked at some long-term options including:

  • Providing additional culvert capacity or storage in the open area along Brangwyn Walk
  • Improvements to the open watercourse
  • Provision of flood storage in the proposed Western Expansion area development.

Corby Borough Council is now inspecting the grilles protecting the watercourse from debris on a Monday and Friday morning, and at other times in between when there is heavy rainfall.

There are four grilles under different private ownerships and Corby Borough Council is actively seeking to confirm arrangements to ensure they continue to inspect and clear these on behalf of the owners.

What can residents do?

Residents are also being encouraged to report incidents of debris accumulating.

Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Paul Beattie, said: “Residents and businesses in this area have been greatly affected by the flooding on Gainsborough Road during the excessive wet periods over the last few years.

"We are committed to working alongside the county council and other partners to minimise these issues and will continue to monitor the area whilst pushing a solution forward.”