Monday, February 1, 2016

Hebden X-Grid, helping in the fight against flooding

One reason that towns and villages flood is the over-use of impermeable materials such as concrete and tarmac despite there being a far more environmentally friendly alternative easily available.

Arguments continue to rage about the best way to guard against a repetition of the devastation caused by the 2015 floods that took place in towns and villages in Cumbria and the Calder Valley including Carlisle, Appleby, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden, Sowerby Bridge and Elland.

Photo by Helen Baron - Ribbon Circus

It is indisputable that factors such as a lack of vegetation on hillsides increases the volume and speed of run off during periods of sustained and heavy rain which makes it impossible for the rivers and sewers to cope with the deluge. The redressing of the balance on this and other possible solutions such as dredging and building higher flood defences is one that is being fought and debated in many corners by a number of organisations such as Natural England, Greenpeace and the Environment Agency. Whilst all of the above measures are set to take a great deal of time to discuss even before any sort of implementation can begin, there is one area where rapid action can be taken whilst we leave Environment Agency Chief, Sir James Bevan and his staff to debate the long term plans.

Photo by Steve Morgan

The over-use of concrete and tarmac can be remedied quickly and cost effectively simply by replacing outmoded, impermeable surfaces with British Recycled Plastic X-Grid ground reinforcement pavers which is a modular grid system that is easy to fit and which allows rainwater to filter back to the water table. The incorporation of the grids into Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) strategies is plain to see.

You can find out more British Recycled Plastic X-Grid, Hebden G40 Grids and the latest Hebden 80 Extreme Ground Reinforcement Grids by visiting the British Recycled Plastic website.