Gullies cleared, pumps reset and waterways mapped - just some of the work done to stop flooding in Cambridgeshire
Thousands of gullies have been cleared across Fenland and Cambridgeshrie as part of an ongoing commitment to help prevent future flooding.
In an update on work being carried out following the horrendous winter floods that hit right across the district, but most especially in March, was given earlier this month by local MP Steve Barclay.
The North East Cambs MP gave an update on progress so far following a summit chaired by him in January where all responsible agencies got together with other local political leaders to discuss what was needed to help solve the issue which saw some towns in other parts of Cambridgeshire seriously effected over the Christmas holiday.
Mr Barclay said the formal March Flood Investigation Report is due to be published by Cambridgeshire County Council next month (June).
But he said: "I’m pleased to see that organisations responsible are already taking actions to resolve some of the issues.
He listed the work so far explaining that in recent months, the Highways Authority and Anglian Water have reset a number of road pumps and foul pumping stations.
On top of that 2,324 gullies have been cleansed and a private culvert cleared on Wisbech Road, March. Blocked gullies were identified as part of the problem of the flooding.
Mr Barclay said Land Registry searches have been undertaken to identify those responsible for blocked watercourses; the Anglian Water network has been surveyed as have riparian watercourses to input into an integrated urban drainage model.
The MP said: " In January I chaired a summit meeting to discuss the flooding during the festive season and find ways to make improvements and I’m determined to keep up the pressure on those involved in water management. There is still much to do but it’s good to see progress is continuing."
Working alongside Mr Barclay is March-based county councillor Jan French who collated information on all those affected by flooding not only in March but in other parts of the Fenland including Manea.
She promised at the time she would do whatever was needed to ensure "it gets sorted" and added that those responsible for some of the problems that caused the issue, such as blocked dykes would be made to pay for remedial work to put it right.