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Hungerford is located in the south-west of West Berkshire in the River Kennet valley. The River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon canal flow parallel and cross the parish from west to east. The population is mainly concentrated in the town of Hungerford in the centre of the parish.
- The survey identified five properties which were flooded, located in two distinct areas; Hungerford Newtown village and Eddington, to the north of Hungerford town. Details are shown on Drawing Nos 2002/FLD/19/101 & 102.
- The survey identified four properties which flooded within the village and its surrounding area. No.1 and No.2 Little Hidden Farm Cottages are located on the eastern side of the A338 adjacent to the southern border of the village. Run-off came from the surrounding fields to the west of the A338 onto the road and a track which connects to the road. The drains located along the road could not drain the volume of water. The entrance to No.1 and No.2 Little Hidden Farm Cottages is lower than the road and the driveway slopes down directly towards the cottages. As a result, the floodwater ran towards the properties and flooded the cottages.
- The Tally-ho Public House and No.8 Hungerford Newtown are located in the northern part of the village. The gradient of the roads diverted flow along Hungerford Newtown. Run-off flowed down to the end of the road and flooded both the Public House and No 8. The Public House kitchen and the basement of No.8 are set lower than the road.
- No.3 Oxford Street is located in Eddington, just to the north of Hungerford. The property is situated at a low point in the road. Floodwater ponding in this location rose into the property. According to the owner of the property, the surface water sewer at this location drains to the River Kennet located approximately 40m west of the road. The residents expressed the view that the gravity sewer at this location is undersized and during intense rainfall, water regularly ponds on the road. The Council has recently upgraded part of the sewer system. However, due to a problem of access on to private property along the River Kennet, part of the work could not be completed and the system is still potentially undersized on its lower section where it outfalls to the river. As a result, the water tends to back up in the system. The property has a high slab level. However, slight flooding is often experienced as a result of traffic washing floodwater up to the front door during periods of heavy rainfall.
- In order to reduce the extent of flooding in Hungerford the following measures should be considered:
- Clean the drains along the A338 in the vicinity of the village and in Oxford street on a more frequent basis
- Cut grips on the access road to Little Hidden Farm to drain into the pond; clean out the pond
- Clean out the ditches on the approach to Hungerford Newtown
- Raise the kerbs in front of the access to Little Hidden Farm Cottages
- Complete the upsizing of the drainage network down to the outfall (NB. This work is now scheduled to commence mid-March 2008)
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