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Flooding Report - Flooding of other areas from the River Blackwater

Flooding of other areas from the River Blackwater

The river is narrow and shallow and floods easily, particularly in the area adjoining Lakeside Road and the housing adjacent to the river between Tongham and Frimley Green. The large volume of water currently discharged into the river has on a number of occasions caused serious flooding of properties in and around Lakeside Road and further downstream. Reports by Guildford Borough Council indicate at least 20 properties on the last occasion (ref Guildford SFRA Capita Symonds CS20946 Appendix G-3).

In early 2009 Michael Gove wrote to Thames Water expressing his concern that the improvements carried out to the downstream River Blackwater route had done nothing to alleviate the serious flooding problem at Lakeside. Basically too much water enters the river upstream and the shallow route is overwhelmed by the volume and flooding occurs.

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