Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The winter of 2013/2014 saw some of the heaviest rainfall in 200 years, resulting in areas of flooding affecting residents across the county. While I hope we don’t see such severe weather for many more years to come, we have been working hard ever since to secure funding and design schemes to help alleviate flooding in the future.
“We are working with our partners to put in a series of measures to ensure areas at high risk of flooding are better protected and more resilient. I hope that this will reassure residents that the County Council is doing all it can to mitigate the impact of future flooding across Hampshire.”
Measures in Buckskin include:
The installation of a new Drainage Gravity Pipe.
New drainage to collect rising groundwater from in between houses.
An enhanced Flood Storage area at Saunders Field, controlling discharge to the River Loddon without increasing the risk of flooding downstream.
Upgrading and increasing the capacity of existing ditches and culverts.
The improvements across both areas will help to reduce costs, distress and disruption associated with future flooding for the local community, minimise the impact on the local economy and ensure that the highway network can remain open.
Subject to securing final confirmation of funding package, work is currently scheduled to start in summer 2018 and will be completed in summer 2019.
The remainder of the funding for the scheme is expected from Government grant (£1.1million in Flood Defence Grant in Aid and £2.8million from Regional Flood Defence and Coastal Committee Funding) and £250,000 from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Buckskin was significantly flooded from the beginning of February to the end of March 2014 following intense rainfall in the winter of 2013/14 which caused groundwater levels to rise and flow above ground.