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montecristo 

Customer

 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
http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/web-west-dean-vds.pdf
http://www.southwilts.com/site/West-Dean-PC/Minutes%2026032014.pdf

 

Crabcakes 

Researcher

 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.

 

montecristo 

Customer

 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
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=salisbury+floods&tbm=isch

 

David Sarokin 

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 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:

http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/search/?page=0&searchpattern=grimstead+flood


and there are no results at all for "West Dean" and flood:

http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/search/?page=0&searchpattern=%22west+dean%22+flood



A similar search of a Salisbury paper (which covers lots of E. Grimstead news) came up similarly empty.


Convinced? Or no?

David


P.S. Like my good colleague Crabcakes, I'm unfamiliar with English geography, but think these two papers cover the territory fairly well.

 

montecristo 

Customer

 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.

 

JD Umiat 

Researcher

 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
https://www.flickr.com/photos/all_things_nautical/4147455294/

 

montecristo 

Customer

 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.

 

JD Umiat 

Researcher

 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
http://www.pittonandfarley.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Mar-2014.pdf

http://www.pittonandfarley.co.uk/locations/west-dean-village-hall/

 

montecristo 

Customer

 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.

 

montecristo 

Customer

 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
flood water."

 

montecristo 

Customer

 20 Feb 2015 15:03 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 3:03 pm UTC 

JD, I'll take your PDFs as an answer.

 

JD Umiat 

Answer

 20 Feb 2015 16:49 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 4:49 pm UTC 

Thank you, Montecristo.

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 20 Feb 2015 17:01 UTCFri 20 Feb 2015 - 5:01 pm UTC 

This map:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1sXZG13-t3BVEQ0RGZqaHF4cDQ/view?usp=sharing


details the flood risk areas in E Grimstead (light blue lines). I'd guess the railway bridge mentioned in JD Umiat's newsletter is somewhere along Dean Road (though I don't see actual railway tracks anywhere!).

David

 

montecristo 

Customer

 21 Feb 2015 00:53 UTCSat 21 Feb 2015 - 12:53 am UTC 

David, thanks for that. The village is officially at risk, but I think it hasn't actually flooded. The railway roughly corresponds to the thick grey line across the middle of that map. There is flooding underneath because they've carved the road to go under the railway (rather than have the railway rise over the road, presumably because of trains having problems with inclines). And 'flooding' for that road can mean an inch or two, nothing dramatic.

 

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