12:00pm Friday 4th October 2013
FLOODING should be a thing of the past at Ledbury Rugby Club, with the completion of an automated bund aimed at keeping at bay the over-spilling waters of the river Leadon.
The Dutch-designed defence system was demonstrated last week, and its success was hailed as a new era for the club.
Club director Wyn Rogers said: “At last we shall no longer fear heavy rains and worse which the club has endured in the past, with the misery of water in the changing rooms, restaurant and social areas.
“The water has left ruined carpets and flooring and, worst of all, a lingering pungent stench.
“The bund is fantastic and the mechanism is so simple, yet effective.
“We now look forward to a season of full fixtures and other events which are an integral part of the life of Ledbury Rugby Club.”
At the demonstration, simulated flood water entering a chamber caused a flood gate to rise.
Fund the Bund was a campaign to raise £35,000 for the scheme – the money being raised by the club in just one year.
The works include a brick wall around a proportion of the club, the installation of valves and pumps and self-closing flood barriers. The club, off the Ross Road, was badly flooded in 1999 and again in 2007, when Ledbury was effectively cut off for several hours.
On this occasion, flooding from the Leadon along the Ross Road was so severe that a number of cars had to be abandoned and were overturned by the rising waters.
The club hasn’t been flooded since, but there have been a number of close shaves.
A SEASON OF FULL FIXTURES? From left: Dick Mason, director, Ledbury Rugby Club; Tony Wargent, president of the club; Ginni Chapman, club house manageress; Neil Senior, contracts manager UK flood Barriers; Tom Jarrat, construction manager UK flood barriers; Wyn Rogers, club director; Paul Vernon, electrical engineer.
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