Nature strikes back as Combe Haven floods

November 6, 2013 by combehavendefenders

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Combe Haven looking north towards Adam’s Farm

Flooding has come early to Combe Haven this year, perhaps as a result of the earth moving, stripping of vegetation, felling of trees and dumping of vast amounts of hardcore on the valley floor.

We visited on 4 November, and found that Powdermill stream has already burst its banks at Adam’s Farm, Watermill stream is full to bursting, and there’s a huge amount of water in the valley.

Construction had stopped at the Adam’s Farm site (it’s hard to build a road in the middle of a river) and not much was happening elsewhere.

Those who warned that building a river across a flood plain was a ridiculous idea may yet be vindicated.

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Powdermill stream by Adam’s Farm

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No work going on at construction site by Adam’s Farm

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The public footpath across the construction site, under several inches of water

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Watermill stream, full to bursting

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Flooding on Crowhurst recreation ground

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Bottom of Hillcroft Farm track

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