Easebourne villagers holding their breath through heavy rain

Flooding outside the White Horse pub, Easebourne Street on Christmas Day 2012 PICTURE COURTESY OF TONY YOUNG
Flooding outside the White Horse pub, Easebourne Street on Christmas Day 2012 PICTURE COURTESY OF TONY YOUNG

VILLAGERS in Easebourne who have suffered severe flooding for many years, believe work carried out recently may have put an end their nightmare.

For ten years surface water gushing off the fields above Easebourne poured down roads, driveways and footpaths, leaving them covered in silt, slippery mud and debris. It also cascaded on to North Mill bridge making it impassable except for 4x4s.

Through the current heavy rainfall villagers have been holding their breath, but are reporting fewer problems than in previous years.

In December 2012, after counting the cost of horrendous flooding, villagers called a meeting to try to resolve their recurring nightmare.

The parish council met several agencies, including the county council and the Environment Agency.

Several flood prevention measures were carried out in 213, but West Sussex County Council called in a specialist firm to draw up a surface water management plan the following year.

Chairman of Easebourne Parish Council Judith Macdonald-Lawson said: “Easebourne has been a lot better in the recent heavy rain.

“There has been no flooding at North Mill bridge and no significant flooding in Easebourne Street. We were all worried with the arrival of the heavy rain, but it’s been pretty good.”

She said the improvement was due partly to changing farming practices by the Cowdray Estate.

An erosion report advised the field opposite Budgenor Lodge should be left fallow. The estate has planted in wide strips and among roots, leaving some of the land unplanted.

Together with drainage improvements at North Mill bridge villagers hope their nightmare is over.

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