Flooding in Monxton

Pictures taken today (Saturday 8th February 2014) by a villager showing the extensive flooding in Monxton around the area of the pumping station, surrounding paddocks and gardens, adjacent to the Pillhill Brook. Despite the best efforts of Southern Water pumping out the ‘black water’ 24 hours a day since the beginning of January, the situation is worsening and the contaminated water is now flowing into Pillhill Brook. There has also been more than double the usual amount of rainfall which has added to these problems as well. Unfortunately the situation is exacerbated by the dam created by the previous owner of Upper Mill House, which is preventing the water from flowing away as quickly as possible, due to the constricted channel, as can be seen from the pictures below.

Mr Hayward's paddock adjoining Monxton Road and the pumping station and bordering Pillhill Brook

Mr Hayward’s paddock adjoining Monxton Road and the pumping station and bordering Pillhill Brook

Channel dug from paddock to river to allow floodwater to escape

Channel dug from paddock to river to allow floodwater to escape

Pillhill Brook looking towards the Fisks' property and the river splits into two channels just after the bridge

Pillhill Brook looking towards the Fisks’ property and the river splits into two channels just after the bridge

The junction of the mill race and the main river where a dam was created by the previous owner of Upper Mill House to channel water down the mill race and prevent water from running down the main river. This now needs to be removed to allow the high levels of water to flow away from the properties at the eastern end of Monxton, which are now beginning to flood

The junction of the mill race and the main river where a dam was created by the previous owner of Upper Mill House to channel water down the mill race and prevent water from running down the main river. This now needs to be removed to allow the high levels of water to flow away from the properties at the eastern end of Monxton, which are now beginning to flood

Pillhill Brook flowing down the main river channel. This has recovered significantly due to the high levels of water and is nearly back to the condition of previous years

Pillhill Brook flowing down the main river channel. This has recovered significantly due to the high levels of water and is nearly back to the condition of previous years

This tree is clearly planted in the main river bed which was undertaken by the previous owner, Simon Burgess

This tree is clearly planted in the main river bed which was undertaken by the previous owner, Simon Burgess

Sandbags around Monxton pumping station which has suffered a failure and the contaminated water is now bubbling up through the pumping station and onto the road and into Mr Hayward's paddock

Sandbags around Monxton pumping station which has suffered a failure and the contaminated water is now bubbling up through the pumping station and onto the road and into Mr Hayward’s paddock

The flooded pumping station at the junction of the High Street and Chalkpit Lane

The flooded pumping station at the junction of the High Street and Chalkpit Lane

Flooding up through the man hole cover

Flooding up through the man hole cover

The garden of Monxton Mill is now flooded

The garden of Monxton Mill is now flooded

More flooding at Monxton Mill

More flooding at Monxton Mill

Flooding at Monxton Mill

Flooding at Monxton Mill

Flooding at Monxton Mill

Flooding at Monxton Mill

3 comments on “Flooding in Monxton

  1. Adrian Drage says:

    Just to add that in addition to the (visible) flooding some of us close to the pumping station have had our drains backed up since 04 January 14. As of today our drains are within 8 inches of overflowing and spreading raw sewage et al over our property and possibly onto Lodwick’s ground also. Baths et al have been out of the question for the whole period and flushing the loo is high risk and has to be timed with the presence of a large tanker. Whilst appreciating the efforts of the tanking operation, currently the tankers are making no headway just maintaining the current level/risk. I spoke to Southern Water (SW) today and they informed me that: tankers have had been withdrawn by the Environment Agency to deal with the flooding at Romsey; Fullerton can no longer accept tankers for discharge (it is overloaded) and thus the round trip for them is longer and thus fewer tankers on station every day (comment: this further exacerbates the situation); SW claimed that in 24 hrs they expect to redeploy more tanker effort to Monxton (let us hope that they are true to their word). Bottom line is that the point of failure is the pumping station and the sewers are beyond critical. Please be aware that every time you have a bath, use the dishwasher or washing machine, or flush the loo- i.e. discharge large volumes of water – you are adding to the problem.

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  2. David Bateman (Sunnybank Cllr) says:

    Are Southern Water repairing the pumping station? obviously the amount of rain we have had, has exacerbated the situation and the rain water ends up at the pumping station. I have reported that the soak away opposite Silver Birch Farm is full of silt, as well as all the drains in Monxton Road. If they pumped out the soak away and the drains along Monxton Road then this may alleviate the problem at the pumping station. The reference number on the HantsWeb site is 21059090. I reported this on the 24th Dec 2013 and a week later the ditch was dug out by sub contractors working for AMEY. I check the status of this problem weekly and add comments and photo’s so hopefully if a few more comments get added this may speed up getting this problem resolved.

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  3. Adrian Drage says:

    David, the problem in the High Street is not rain per se but the level of ground water that is now entering the sewers and, together with the normal flow of sewage plus the rain run off, has completely overwhelmed the (failed) pumping station. I do not detect that SW are planning any immediate repairs at Chalkpit Lane since the Treatment Plant at Fullerton is also overwhelmed and (reportedly) could not cope with our pumped sewage even if the pump could get it there; and of course in the great scheme of things we are rather low down the priority chain. The only current solution to the sewage threat here is more tankers at greater frequency and larger size. Currently the tankers can only unload at a single site on the Portway estate (i am not sure of the precise location) but there are (reportedly) so many tankers seeking to do so and so few facilities that the turn around time for one of our tankers is 2 – 3 hours; this exacerbates the already huge problem we face. The junction of High Street, Chalkpit Lane and Andover Road is only kept from flooding by two drains. Not sure how much longer these can cope! Apres le deluge!!
    Adrian

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