19 Feb 2015 20:41 UTCThu 19 Feb 2015 - 8:41 pm UTC
Has the village of East Grimstead, Wiltshire actually been flooded in the past few years?
East Grimstead is a high risk flood location and there is some evidence that nearby West Dean has been flooded
19 Feb 2015 21:23 UTCThu 19 Feb 2015 - 9:23 pm UTC
Hello Montecristo, Not being from the UK, I want to clarify that you mean East Grimstead, with an "m", and not East Grinstead, with an "n" and about 5 miles from Salisbury. I was quite surprised to learn both names exist in the southern part of England. I shudder to think of the problems that would happen if two towns with such similar names were in the US! Thank you.
19 Feb 2015 21:26 UTCThu 19 Feb 2015 - 9:26 pm UTC
I do mean East Grimstead, in the county of Wiltshire. Not East Grinstead in the county of West Sussex. And West Dean is the one in Wiltshire, not the one in Sussex.
East Grimstead and West Dean are 5-10 mile east of Salisbury
19 Feb 2015 23:22 UTCThu 19 Feb 2015 - 11:22 pm UTC
I'm going to have to go with "No Floods" on this one, based on these results from the Wiltshire Times newspaper:
and there are no results at all for "West Dean" and flood:
A similar search of a Salisbury paper (which covers lots of E. Grimstead news) came up similarly empty.
Convinced? Or no?
P.S. Like my good colleague Crabcakes, I'm unfamiliar with English geography, but think these two papers cover the territory fairly well.
19 Feb 2015 23:27 UTCThu 19 Feb 2015 - 11:27 pm UTC
I presume the other newspaper you mention is the Salisbury Journal which, as you say, does not meantion East Grimstead floods.
Not convinced enough. West Dean has been flooded (as per my links) but shows up negative otherwise. And both are marked high risk, and there is a river running through East Grimstead.
I guess I can't get a positive confirmation of a negative event, so I'll take as an answer just someone doing exhaustive research.
On a related note, I have emailed some contacts that are online from the West Dean parish council to ask them.
20 Feb 2015 00:04 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 12:04 am UTC
Do these photos help at all?
Flood water, River Dun, West Dean
20 Feb 2015 00:10 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 12:10 am UTC
Those photos confirm that West Dean has been 'flooded', or at least the river swollen. It doesn't tell me about East Grimstead, although it did prompt me to searches that led me to http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/34681.aspx?area=065WAF106 which again confirms West Dean has had flood warnings (not the same as a flood), and possibly that East Grimstead has not.
20 Feb 2015 00:13 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 12:13 am UTC
This recent link mention flood damage to the West Dean Village Hall which sits on a river.
West Dean Over 60's Lunches.
This month they will take place at Pilgrims Croft due to flood
damage repair work in the Village Hall
20 Feb 2015 00:15 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 12:15 am UTC
OK, so I think we are clear on West Dean being flooded, but not clear about East Grimstead, which is the subject of my question.
20 Feb 2015 00:17 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 12:17 am UTC
From that newsletter:
"I know from personal experience on my bicycle that the road
under the railway bridge between East Grimstead and West Dean is
constantly flooded. West Grimstead and Farley also have their areas of
20 Feb 2015 15:03 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 3:03 pm UTC
JD, I'll take your PDFs as an answer.
20 Feb 2015 16:49 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 4:49 pm UTC
Thank you, Montecristo.