Flower beds and water butts to tackle flood-hit street problems

Yarmouth flooding. Northgate Street.
Photo: Bill Darnell
Copy: Tom Smithard
For: EDP
Archant © 2006 (01603) 772434

Yarmouth flooding. Northgate Street. Photo: Bill Darnell Copy: Tom Smithard For: EDP Archant © 2006 (01603) 772434

Archant © 2006

Residents and businesses in a road in Great Yarmouth that has been hit by flash floods are being leafleted to see if they want to install water butts and raised flower beds for free to mitigate any future problems.

People in Northgate Street have seen leaflets drop through their letterboxes as part of a major anti-flooding project.

In 2006 the road hit the headlines after severe flooding in the area saw 100 homes swamped by water.

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A partnership between the National Flood Forum, Norfolk County Council and Anglian Water has been formed to reduce the risk of surface water flooding.

The leaflet says that water butts or raised beds catch water when it rains hard and slowly release water back into drains when they can better manage flow.

It add: “Evidence has shown that this can dramatically reduce the amount of rain water flowing into drains, onto the pavements, down roads and into homes and businesses.”

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Mick Castle, county councillor for the area, encouraged people and businesses to apply for the free installations.

He said: “This project is really positive for our part of Yarmouth.

“I would urge all who can to take advantage of the free water butts and raised flower beds being offered to all residents.

“This will significantly reduce the risk of rain water flooding in the future.”

Organisers say other benefits are that water butts can save money on a water meter and raised flower beds can be an attractive addition to gardens and beneficial to wildlife.

The scheme is also supported by John and Jane Langley of the North Yarmouth Community Resilience Group.

The leaflets say that they should be passed onto landlords if delivered to a rented property.

The project is part of an Interreg European Union programme known as FRAMES (Flood Resilient Areas by Multi-layEr Safety Approach) and will be completed by September 2019.

It is also looking at Lords Lane and Long Lane in Bradwell, Leicester Road, Burgh Road and Beccles Road in Gorleston.

Anyone interested in applying for a water butt or raised flower bed should contact Michelle Steel, project officer at the National Flood Forum, on 077635 09439 or email

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