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Computer model to help stop freak flash flooding

Cars and homes in Southwell were left covered in mud after flash flooding in July 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

People in Southwell in Nottinghamshire will get their first view of a flood model designed to help protect the town after freak flash floods last summer.

A month's rain fell during the flash flooding when 56mm was recorded across Nottingham in 3 hours.

The computer-generated model will be shown at a public meeting tonight. It's hoped it will help protect homes and businesses in the future.

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River drainage to be improved in Nottinghamshire

Flooding in Southwell last summer
Flooding in Southwell last summer Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Watercourse Management Team will today ensure all streams and rivers in Southwell drain surface water properly.

They will be enlisting the help of locals to make sure water is drained away from the town and into the river Greet by clearing and digging drainage ditches.

The town was devastated by floods last summer with residents not being able to return home for months.

Their "Green Gym" project will also support residents to help keep the town flood resilient.

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Southwell flooding residents not at home for Christmas

Flooding in Southwell this summer forced many people from their homes Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Some people who live in Southwell in Nottinghamshire will not be able to return to their homes in time for Christmas after the damage caused by flooding this summer.

Some residents are still living in temporary accommodation as their homes are being repaired. Rob and Trish Jordan who were affected by the flooding say they do not think they will be able to go home until next July.

Volunteers to meet again to clear up flood-hit town

Volunteers in Southwell are meeting up again to clear up parts of the town which are still littered with debris from freak flash flooding this summer.

Some residents are still unable to move back in to their homes after the deluge in July.

A volunteer helping to clear debris blocking a stream Credit: ITV News Central

The Southwell Flooding Forum have been working to unblock Potwell Dyke in Nottinghamshire since the flash floods.

Read more: Flood victims help clear stream

Volunteers clear six woodpiles' worth of debris

Volunteers helping clear a stream after flash flooding four months ago have collected enough driftwood to make six large woodpiles.

One such woodpile has been built up today after an activity morning where volunteers collected litter and cleared away fallen branches which were blocking the stream.

Six woodpiles like this have been built up from driftwood cleared from Potwell Dyke
Six woodpiles like this have been built up from driftwood cleared from Potwell Dyke Credit: ITV News Central

The Southwell Flooding Forum began working at Potwell Dyke in Nottinghamshire after it broke its banks and flooded homes in July.

Debris still scattered along stream months after floods

Four months after flash flooding hit hundreds of homes in Nottinghamshire, debris is still scattered along a stream which burst its banks.

Residents have teamed up to create the Southwell Flooding Forum after Potwell Dyke in Southwell swelled to up to 30 feet in some places in July.

Debris is still in place along Potwell Dyke four months after floods
Debris is still in place along Potwell Dyke four months after floods Credit: ITV News Central

They have gathered at the dyke today to help clear rubbish and driftwood out of the stream, in a bid to help prevent future problems.

And pictures show how what a difference their efforts have made already, with the stream now flowing steadily and the banks clear of litter.

What a difference a spring clean makes: the Dyke after the Southwell Flooding Forum cleared rubbish
What a difference a spring clean makes: the Dyke after the Southwell Flooding Forum cleared rubbish Credit: ITV News Central

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Volunteers clear stream as flood clean-up continues

Volunteers are today clearing driftwood and rubbish from a Nottinghamshire stream to help reduce the risk of flooding in the town in future.

Four inches of rain fell in an hour during downpours in Southwell in July, causing Potwell Dyke burst its banks as waters reached depths of 30 feet. Many homes were flooded.

Volunteers clear rubbish from the stream to help prevent further flooding
Volunteers clear rubbish from the stream to help prevent further flooding Credit: ITV News Central

Four months on, the dyke is still full of debris dragged downstream by the deluge.

This morning, members of a newly formed group Southwell Flood Forum have been removing driftwood and rubbish from the water.

Summer flash floods clear up continues

Residents in one part of Nottinghamshire hit by flash flooding over the summer are still clearing up.

The aftermath of the flash flooding in Southwell in Nottinghamshire earlier this summer Credit: ITV News Central

Volunteers in Southwell will continue clearing debris from a stretch of the Potwell Dyke later today.

The community-run Southwell Flood Forum was set up after the floods in July. The forum says 288 homes were affected in the town.

Read more: Nottinghamshire flash flooding

Farewell service for Bishop of Southwell

A farewell service is being held at Southwell Minster tonight for the Rt Revd Paul Butler, who has been appointed the Bishop of Durham. He is expected to be installed in Durham in 2014.

“It will be very sad to leave Southwell and Nottingham where Rosemary and I have found a home and ministry amongst God’s people in this very special place. I am humbled to have been part of the work that has begun here. I am confident that the work of the parishes and people will continue under the pastoral care and leadership of a good and inspirational bishop able to take the Diocese from strength to strength.

"To be called to become Bishop of Durham came as a big surprise and will be both an enormous privilege and daunting challenge. Durham is an ancient Diocese goes way back before England was a united nation. The heritage is extraordinary; each new Bishop of Durham stands on the shoulders of some of the greatest Christians in this country’s long and proud history."

– Rt Revd Paul Butler
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