Published: 00:00, 28 November 2014
| Updated: 10:03, 28 November 2014
A review has been launched into flooding earlier this month that left Islanders doing the mopping up – and not for the first time.
The Environment Agency issued a flood alert on November 9 after Saddlebrook Holiday Park and Warden Bay Caravan Park in Leysdown, together with Warden Bay village hall were overcome by water.
All the sites have a history of being flooded and now a multi-agency task force has been set up to examine the problem and find solutions.
Richard King, a team leader at the Environment Agency (EA), said: “We issued a flood alert at 6.50am on November 9 after 35mm of rain had fallen in 24 hours.
“There were fairly intensive downpours and local landlords had recorded even higher amounts of rainfall.”
Flood alerts were issued for Scrapsgate drain and Warden Bay drain where water levels reached the threshold.
The EA sent two pumps to the affected area, which remained in place until noon on Monday, November 10, and Kent Fire and Rescue also deployed a pump.
Six holiday homes were underwater at Saddlebrook Holiday Park, while fields at Warden Bay Caravan Park were flooded. The village hall at Warden Bay was submerged in four inches of water.
Mr King explained that multiple factors were behind the area’s vulnerability to flooding and that a number of agencies including Southern Water, KCC Highways, Swale council and the Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board were involved.
He added that the high tide at the time had made the problems with water drainage worse.
In the week immediately after the flood, a series of teleconferences were held between the agencies concerned and these are ongoing.
Mr King said: “The Environment Agency is taking a lead in investigating what happened [on November 9] and to look at what improvements can be made to prevent future flooding.”
The multi-agency group would also be reviewing the systems in place to prevent flooding on the Island as a whole.
Leysdown and Warden councillor Pat Sandle said at the time of the disaster that it was the last straw for Warden Bay Village Hall.
She said: “This is the second time that the hall has been flooded this year and there have been four floods in the last 10 years – we just can’t go on like this.”