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£4.9m bid submitted by Surrey councils to stem the floods

It was around this time one year ago that the weather became a news story, and as snow and rain fell on to the hills to the south of Croydon, so half-forgotten streams re-emerged from their subterranean courses to begin … Continue reading

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Damning evidence of lack of any real flooding strategy

It is six weeks since flood alerts were issued to residents in the south of the borough. A local primary school remains closed, the A22 Godstone Road has yet to fully re-open, and some people’s back gardens remained under water … Continue reading

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‘Woldingham Weiner’ a stop-gap to hold back future floods

There is a reason that Spring Wood at West Wickham is so called. Playing fields at Sparrows Den, just along the road from Addington, were deliberately flooded earlier this week, creating a storage pond to protect nearby homes, and showing … Continue reading

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Army starts work on temporary dam as flooding hits Coulsdon

The worst may be over, but works continue to mop-up after the floods, and to try to reduce the threat of more flooding in the valleys to the south of Croydon. Army engineers were in action again yesterday, constructing a … Continue reading

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Jones critical of ‘crass stupidity’ of national flood planning

What can be done to avoid the worst impact of the floods that have blighted large areas of Kenley and Purley, and closed a major A-road in the area for the best part of a month? Jenny Jones, the 2012 … Continue reading

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Thames Water’s dismal record and their 20% water rate hike

So, apres le deluge… Two weeks since Croydon Council declared a Major Incident around Kenley water treatment works, and a week’s drier weather has enabled the mopping-up process to get underway following the floods in the south of the borough. … Continue reading

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Boris returns to Kenley to thank flood emergency workers

Like a petty potentate or a minor royal, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was back in Kenley yesterday, doing his Young Mr Grace bit of “You’re all doing very well”, shaking hands and patting the backs of fire fighters … Continue reading

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Croydon calls for Army help after they run out of sandbags

Croydon Council has called in the Army to help with the week-long battle against flood water in Purley and Kenley, after the borough ran out of sandbags, having claimed to have distributed 10,000 to properties in high-risk areas. In common … Continue reading

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Councillors received no updates during a week of flooding

Elected councillors in Croydon and the borough’s senior staff were not sent any updates on the flooding situation for six days at the height of the crisis. Croydon councillors and officers received a situation report just after 6pm last night, … Continue reading

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Councils warn flood householders to beware bogus official

The councils in Croydon and Tandridge, which covers flood-affected Whyteleafe, have issued warnings to home-owners to beware a bogus official operating in the area. While council officials were distributing advice letters to flood-threatened houses in Kenley and Whyteleafe yesterday, they … Continue reading

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After Purley Pond, emergency services now create Lake Roke

The Purley Pond was not enough. Despite emergency services having pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of floodwater up from flood-threatened areas of Kenley and into the pedestrian underpass at Purley Cross since the weekend, even more “overflow capacity” has … Continue reading

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Boris visits Kenley-on-Thames as Greens call for flood action

Boris Johnson, the former MP for Henley on Thames, was in his former constituency’s new, near namesake, Kenley-on-Thames, this morning, the London Mayor becoming the latest high-profile politician to visit the scene of flooding in the south of Croydon. Just … Continue reading

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Kenley-on-Thames in pictures: how the floods hit Purley

Thanks to our loyal reader, in particular JULIE RAVAZAY VILLAR, for sending through this selection of images of the Caterham Bourne’s flooding along the Godstone Road and neighbouring areas over the weekend

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Going Underground: Purley underpass used as flood overflow

Has Croydon Council hired Noah as a consultant? Nathan Elvery, the chief executive (the sometime entrepreneur seems to have discreetly dropped the “interim” part of his title from official correspondence) seems to be expecting floods of Biblical proportions, since he … Continue reading

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Academy head’s warped priorities: A Roke by any other name?

There has been a civil emergency going on in the Kenley area of Croydon for the past week. Residents of homes in one road have faced the prospect of being flooded out. The A22 Godstone Road has been impassable because … Continue reading

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Flooded areas in Purley and Kenley braced for severe weather

A dry day of clear blue skies on Friday has offered little real relief from the flood-threatened areas to the south of the borough, with severe weather warnings threatening more rain and high winds over the next three days. The … Continue reading

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Kenley and Purley flooding declared ‘a major incident’

The flooding in the south of Croydon has been declared “a major incident” by the council this afternoon. According to official emails, “We are now in an official multi-agency gold command situation and the borough emergency control centre (BECC) has … Continue reading

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Council activates emergency Gold Command over flooding

More rain, and more rain forecast, has seen Croydon’s interim chief executive, Nathan Elvery, activate local emergency procedures with the “Council Gold Command” late yesterday, in response to the continued risk of serious flooding in the south of the borough. … Continue reading

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Kenley and Purley on flood alert as bourne continues to rise

Croydon Council has placed parts of the south of the borough, around Kenley and Purley, through to South Croydon, on a flood alert because of the continuing rising levels of the Caterham Bourne. A bourne is normally a benign, small chalkland stream … Continue reading

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