Action taken to end flooding misery in busy Corby road

Flooding in Gainsborough Road, Corby, in December
Flooding in Gainsborough Road, Corby, in December

An end could be in sight to the misery caused by flooding in Gainsborough Road, Corby, as an action plan to deal with the problem is launched.

Northamptonshire County Council and the borough council are working together to find a solution and potentially get funding for the work to be done.

A stretch of Gainsborough Road near its junction with Blake Road floods during heavy rainfall.

The problem was particularly bad this winter, one of the wettest on record, and at Christmas some residents were unable to get out of their homes, missing shifts at work.

As part of the county council’s role as the lead local flood authority, an investigation was carried out into the causes of flooding, identifying which organisations were best placed to resolve the issues.

Now Corby Council is undertaking a study to find out how to end the problem.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “I’m delighted that real progress is being made in finding the cause of the flooding problems in Gainsborough Road, Corby, and I’m hopeful that we can find a long-term solution.

“Often there are a variety of factors that all play a role in causing flooding and our work has revolved around finding out exactly what the reasons are.

“We are committed to working with our partners, particularly Corby Council on this.”

The county council investigation found that flooding happens in a part-culverted watercourse, due to high rainfall.

The watercourse is unable to contain the heavy flows of water and this has led to its banks over-flowing. In addition, significant quantities of debris are washed through the watercourse during heavy rain and this builds up at the debris grilles.

The study by Corby Council has looked at some long-term options including providing extra culvert capacity or storage in the open area along Brangwyn Walk, improvements to the open watercourse and the provision of flood storage in the proposed western expansion area development.

The borough council is now inspecting the grilles protecting the watercourse from debris on a Monday and Friday morning, and at other times in between when there is heavy rainfall.

There are four grilles under different private ownerships and the council is making arrangements to ensure regular inspections are carried out on behalf of the owners.

Residents are also being asked to report when debris accumulates.

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Paul Beattie, said: “Residents and businesses in this area have been greatly affected by the flooding on Gainsborough Road during the excessive wet periods over the last few years. We are committed to working alongside the county council and other partners to minimise these issues and will continue to monitor the area while pushing a solution forward.”