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Sea Avenue Rustington in Flood PDF Print E-mail
Written by Derek   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 13:59

"I don't like Mondays" or "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down" people have written songs about it. Yesterday in Rustington it rained all day, Monday. This was so news worthy, it made national news. GMTV featured it on breakfast TV. Two camera men and a presenter were dispatched, with wellington boots, and microwave aerial, repeater van, to report to the nation.

Sea Avenue Rustington in fload

The question on everyones lips here in Rustington is .... Does this meteorological event indicate Sussex global warming, coastal climate change or just that the GMTV camera man happens to live in Rustington?

A local dog walker comment was "it always floods here, though not this deep" The owner of one of the cars floating in a meter of water in the new basement car park had no comment or a least no comment we could print.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:36 )
Soak Away and Why You Need One PDF Print E-mail
Written by Derek   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 12:28


Where does rainwater go?

When it rains, that water needs to go somewhere and down the drain is discouraged by the local council now. You should deal with it on your own property and not give the problem to the water company.

block paving drain to soak away

Paving front gardens

Serious flooding is affecting the UK, resulting in loss of life, disruption and damage, because drains could not cope with the amount of rain water flowing to them.

Climate change has lead to heavy rainfall event.

Drains in most urban areas were not designed to cope

Paving front gardens further adds to the problem.

The harm caused by paving gardens is not limited to just flooding. Hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt collect pollution (oil, petrol, brake dust etc) that is washed off into the drains. Many drains carry rainwater directly to streams or rivers where the pollution damages wildlife and the wider environment. In older areas the rainwater may go into the foul water sewer which normally takes household waste from bathrooms and kitchens to the sewage treatment works. These overflow into streams and rivers in heavy rainfall.

As more water runs into foul sewers from paved areas there are more frequent overflows, passing untreated sewage into watercourses. Replacing grass and plant beds with concrete and asphalt surfaces means that water does not soak into the ground. This reduces the amount that reaches our natural underground aquifers. Some water that soaks into the ground will evaporate back into the air, causing a cooling effect around the house. This is lost if the garden is covered with hard impermeable surfaces and can cause local temperatures to rise. This is also known as the urban heat island effect.

Permiable Driveway

Provide paved areas in front of your house without adding to flood risk and pollution. You can use permeable surfaces that allow water to drain into them or by other methods such as rain gardens (see below). Permeable driveways are often more attractive than an expanse of concrete, adding value to the property. These types of surfaces can also be better for the environment and do not necessarily cost more or require a lot of maintenance.

There are three main types of solution to creating a permeable driveway:

Using gravel or a mainly green, vegetated area.

Directing water from an impermeable surface to a border rain garden or soakaway.

Using permeable block paving, porous asphalt or concrete.

The most appropriate construction will depend on factors such as the space available, slopes, the type of soil and whether the existing garden gets waterlogged.

How they work?

Modern permeable surfaces work by allowing water to soak through the surface into the ground below. Soakaways can be located beneath, along the edges of impermeable driveways or in the garden area to collect water and allow it to soak into the ground. On clay soils it may be necessary to connect to the house roof water drain.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 February 2009 14:31 )
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