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Hullbridge Village History

FLOODING OF HULLBRIDGE AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

This database has been set up to store data about flooding in and around the village of Hullbridge. It requires villagers to send to me through either the Hullbridge Facebook Group or Hullbridge Memories and History Facebook Group, details and proof. You can also email me by clicking on the contact tab above and then clicking on one of the email address's.

The Environment Agency has produced some maps showing flooding risk. They are classified as 1) Surface Water 2) River and Coastal.
When asked what data the EA used to create maps this was their response.
"The surface water flood map was produced using ‘direct rainfall’ modeling. Where available, some locally produced surface water flood modeling has also been included. It does not take into account any non-surface water influences such as rivers, the sea or groundwater.Managing flooding from surface water is the responsibility of Lead Local Flood Authorities (Essex County Council). The Environment Agency has agreed to produce the maps in conjunction with Lead Local Flood Authorities as its cheaper and easier to do it once and we already have tools and experience in producing maps.
The river and coastal flood risk I need to ascertain but I wonder whether the data used is for the worst situation i.e, Spring Tide, Full Moon, Strong Winds and Rain. I would be surprised if it did.

Here are the maps. You can click on them to see a larger copy in another window:-

Surface (Pluvial) River and Coastal (Fluvial)

SURFACE WATER (Pluvial):
You can see from the map that there are three islands forming to the right of the village. You can also see that the water from Bullwood Hall to Folley Lane, from Blounts and Church Hill and from Parkhurst, Hooley and Goldsmith Drives along with Vanderbilt and Montfiore and all of the village drain to the one point which is the small bridge in Watery Lane by the OLD pumping station. The new pumping station is the wrong side of the meeting point to have any beneficial impact.

Date Flooding Type Flooding Location Proof link
Day Month Year Property Field Road
1908 X X X Lower Road Lower Road / Bartons Farm
12 Feb 1938 X X X Kingsman Farm Road, Esplanade, Lower Road, Watery Lane Chelmsford Chronicle 18 Feb 1938 Page 2
Sept 1958 X X X Lower Road Awaiting press clipping from Southend Standard Lower Road Hullbridge Road of 75cm rainfall in 2 hours.
16 Sep 1968 X X X Lower Road Lower Road
16 Sep 1968 X Watery Lane Watery Lane
16 Sep 1968 X Conniston Villas Ferry Road Conniston Villas Ferry Road
7 Dec 1982 X X Kingsman Farm Road Kingsman Farm Road
23 Jan 2009 X X Watery Lane Motorists trapped by flood.
22 Feb 2010 X Watery Lane Watery Lane, Rawreth and Hullbridge.
29 Dec 2012 X Watery Lane Watery Lane closed from 3rd Dec till Feb 2013.
29 Dec 2012 X Watery Lane Watery Lane Flooded by sprocketwaffle.
Mar 2013 X Watery Lane Watery Lane Flooded by Jon Draine.
24 Aug 2013 X Watery Lane Watery Lane Flooded by Myk Debbage. Who posted on Hullbridge Facebook forum
from when me and Gary went to see how bad the floods were. Anna was in the passenger seat shooting the video for the Echo. I have the newspaper clipping on my office wall, as we ended up in the Echo for recovering cars with the Landrover.
24 Aug 2013 X Lower Road Lower Road near Dome Caravan Site by Roger Woodcock.
24 Aug 2013 X Lower Road Lower Road near Dome Caravan Site by Roger Woodcock.
24 Aug 2013 X Lower Road Lower Road near Church Hill by Roger Woodcock. Margaret Brett posted on Hullbridge Facebook forum /
Yes that was scary. We thought all would be ok when we started going up the hill but brown water was rushing down it. We were lucky to get home in our Fiesta that day. Won't be so blase if it happens again. It was recorded that 5cm of rain fell in 1 hour and that this was the most recorded rainfall for 6 years.
24 Aug 2013 X Nr Pevensey Gardens Lower Road Lower Road near Pevensey Gardens by Jeffrey Simons.
24 Aug 2013 X Nr Pevensey Gardens Lower Road Lower Road near Pevensey Gardens by Jeffrey Simons.
24 Aug 2013 X Watery Lane Watery Lane 1 by Gary Congram
24 Aug 2013 X Watery Lane Watery Lane 2 by Gary Congram
24 Aug 2013 X X Conniston Villas and High Elms Road Awaiting photo. Flooding reported by Dee Dolphin who was forced to leave the premises.
24 Aug 2013 X White Post Bridge White Post Bridge buy Gary Congram
24 Aug 2013 X Watery Lane Lower Road by Gary Congram
24 Aug 2013 X Watery Lane South Avenue by Gary Congram
24 Aug 2013 X Watery Lane Range Rover Watery Lane by James W.
17 Jan 2014 X Hullbridge Road Hullbridge Road
17 Jan 2014 X Hullbridge Road Flooded Road on a BMW 650 after they fixed the flooding ! by adventuredakar's channel
17 Jan 2014 X Pevensey Gardens Lower Road Flooded Lower Road and Pevensey Gardens courtesy of John Johnson
6 Jul 2014 Burst water supply X Coventry Corner, Kingsway Burst Water pipe in Kingsway causing flooding along Lower Road 5th Jul 2014 courtesy of Diane Hills.
6 Jul 2014 Burst water supply X Coventry Corner, Kingsway Burst Water pipe in Kingsway causing flooding along Lower Road 5th Jul 2014 courtesy of Diane Hills.
20 Jul 2014 SUrface Water X Hullbridge Road Courtesy of Sarah Barnby who posted the following on Facebook:- Hullbridge road opposite lords on way out to asda just driven back and not as bad now ! It was deep enough that we had water dripping into the foot well of the car but home now thanks!X
20 Jul 2014 Surface Water X Hullbridge The following are posts by villagers on Facebook posted during the storm which lasted approx 1hr 25 mins, During the storm all of Hullbridge suffered a power cut as electricity hit a pylon up Central Avenue:- Most of the power was brought back within 35 mins.,:_ Julianne Lucas:
Perhaps someone should take a photo of the drain blocked down hullbridge road where all the stones from the really good job they done last week all seemed to have gone. I'm sure the people who live in the house by the drain aren't too happy.
Nick Thornhill:
AVOID WATERY LANE. I just came through as the brook was flooding over the little bridge. In a minute or 2 it won't be passable. Heart in mouth moment when the water was getting deeper by the second.If I could show you what id seen, it was scary. A big wall of water was running down from the bridge, within minutes it would have been flooded.
Gary Congram
Just been for a run to Watery Lane and surprise surprise its building up already but not enough to excite the thrill seekers or stop traffic if they take it easy. It is flowing over the bridge and running from the ditch into the road. Have taken photos of Ferry Road,Lower Road and High Elms, yes Dee you will not be surprised to hear that water is near the top of the doorstep on your old property. I have photos of that as well. Some of the road drains on Lower Road are higher than others possibly indicating the flow is not good for those drains. As a guess I reckon Watery Lane will peak in about an hours time once all the surface water has flown down from Hambro Hill and Hockley Woods area. Time of post approx 5:30
Linda Parrott
Linda Parrott Got as far as makro and turned back everwhere is flooded. Posted approx 16:30 Amanda Jane Copley
Be careful driving back into hullbridge just past the golf club the rain water is gushing out of a raised manhole,plus coming down hambro hill some of the road has broken up and is scattered all over the road.... X
13 Oct 2014 Surface Water X Hullbridge In early hours of the 13th rain was constantly falling. The high tide was 4:46 a.m. and was expected to be at 5.3 meters.Low tide was expected at 10:48 During most of the rainfall the tidal gates were closed reulting in the following flooding along Watery Lane. Upon further inspection around 10.30 one of the tidal gates (Beeches 3) was ajar, and only Beeches 2 was open and operating at full capacity. Click here to see Beeches 2 in full flow.