Hucknall area to be part of new flood prediction technology trial

Hucknall is one of three areas that has been chosen by Nottinghamshire County Council to trial new telemetry technology aimed at preventing flooding before it happens.

Arden Close in the town will see the installation of CCTV and telemetry following flooding issues in the area in the past.

A more proactive approach can now be taken towards the maintenance and cleaning of this key asset in the area.

The equipment, which includes CCTV cameras to monitor watercourses and telemetry to read river levels, will give residents and partner agencies an early warning should river levels rise.

Flood prediction technology is being installed at Arden Close in Hucknall

The trial means that local flood wardens, parish councils and key risk management partners will receive a text message or email alert should water levels reach a certain threshold, allowing them to prepare communities and cut the risk of flooding causing devastating impacts.

Trials are also taking place on Thorpe Lane in Shireoaks and Rugby Road in West Bridgford.

Coun Neil Clarke (Con), chairman of the transport and environment committee, said: “We are pleased that this trial of telemetry equipment will benefit residents and businesses in areas which have previously been affected by flooding.

“We know all too well that flooding can have devastating impacts, and it is hoped that by having this early warning system in place, communities can better prepare themselves for flooding and take action if necessary.

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“Previous flood events have shown that early intervention can go far when it comes to protecting communities from the impacts, and so it is positive that a range of partners will have access to this data, allowing them to put protective measures in place if needed.

“This trial is all part of our wider investment in and commitment to creating flood resilient communities and it is pleasing that a site in Gedling will also soon have this technology installed.

“This will also allow us to work even closer with the amazing volunteers who act as flood wardens and I want to thank and pay tribute to all of them and hope this trial will make life just a little easier for them.

“I cannot mention flooding without mentioning the great work of our flood risk management team who have worked on developing this trial with partner agencies and communities involved.”

For more on the council’s flooding strategy, click here.