Hi-tech eye on risk of flooding

May 04 2020

A NEW way of measuring the risk of flooding will benefit residents in Keynsham.
A solar-powered gauge in the River Chew will mean less reliance on wardens working in difficult conditions.
During bad weather, the river has to be visually checked by a volunteer team, often during storms and at night. The wardens protect residents from property flooding, get flood boards up and manage road flooding by putting up signs or barriers.
The new gauge means levels can be measured remotely, with alerts being sent out via mobile phones to wardens in Keynsham and villages along the river. It will also help the Environment Agency to act in a timely manner to prevent flooding.
An award of £500 towards the cost of the gauge has been made to Chew Magna Parish Council from Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Ward Councillor Empowerment Fund.
Councillor Karen Warrington (Chew Valley Ward), who contributed £500 from her ward councillor allocation, said: “This device has been successful on the Winford Brook and so it makes sense to have it for the River Chew.”
The Ward Councillor Empowerment Fund has been set up to provide every ward councillor with a one-off sum to help address concerns or needs in their local communities.