Flooding in and Around Charlton

Flood Advice from Wychavon District Council

Wychavon's latest news letter issued on Wednesday 20th January focussed on advice on how to prepare for a flooding event and what to do if your home or business is flooded. You can view the newsletter at:



Latest Flood Alert issued by the Environment Agency at 3:27pm on Saturday 23rd January

Flooding is possible - be prepared


River levels remain high at the Evesham and Bredon river gauges as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and farmland continues. Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads adjacent the River Avon from Abbotts Salford to Tewkesbury. Other locations that may be affected include Offenham, Evesham, Twyning and the Eckington Road. Mill Bank Road from Jubilee Bridge to Fladbury is impacted. Evesham peaked overnight at 2.67m, Bredon peaked overnight at 2.96m. No significant rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours, but we expect river levels to remain high. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/031WAF209 

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 209020.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.  

* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet. 

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you've been in contact with it. 


Updates on Natural Flood Management Project

Funding has been secured through the Severn and Wye RFCC, (Regional Flood and Coastal Committee), for a Worcestershire wide NFM project over a period of 6 years from April 2021. This will include continuing works within the catchments that are already being worked on, as well as looking at other areas within the county. We believe that the present project manager, Wendy Bufton,  will continue in her role and be funded through WCC, but confirmation is still awaited.


Natural Flood Management Works to date within the Merrybrook catchment  include: 


-          Ryden Farm: 37 Leaky wooden dams in place now. More planned.

-          Kersoe Farm: 12 dams in to date with another 10-15 going in before the end of       March

-          Springhill Farm: 940m of hedgerow planting, 25 trees, 67 Ha of cover crops. 

-          Haselor Farm: Pollarding so far leaky woody dams to follow 

-          Farm adjoining Haselor Farm: Has grassed down 2 acres of land next to the brook, which was previously arable. Willows have been pollarded to make way for leaky woody dams. Also looking to hedge

-          Sandfield Farm: Sward lifting on 16 acres

-          We hope to arrange a visit to another farmer for a full site visit  once the current covid restrictions are lifted.


You may have noticed that some hedging and trees have been planted alongside land at Church Leys and on the road between the Charlton and Jubilee Bridge. This is all part of the Natural Flood Management Scheme on the Merry Brook and Joanne Leigh has provided the following information:


The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, FWAG, have teamed up with the Worcestershire County Council and the Environment Agency to help deliver a project on the Merry Brook for natural flood management. The aim of the project is to see if natural flood management has a part to play in future flood interventions and so we are working with landowners and farmers to see where these features can be implemented and make a difference to annual flooding. So far we have funded hedge planting, tree planting, pollarding willows and put in a few leaky woody dams along the Merry Brook but more features are planned in the new year. The purpose of the dams is to hold water back for a few seconds to relieve pressure on pinch points further downstream; this will allow the water to get away quicker and reduce the flooding in roads and to businesses and properties. The project has a 5-year delivery objective which is coming to an end in March 2021, the current pandemic has not helped in getting work completed, however, people have been very open to our thoughts on how to slow the flow of water and have provided land on which to implement and see if the works make a difference. If you have land adjacent to the Merry Brook and would like to see what items can be funded under our current scheme please get in touch with joanne.leigh@fwagsw.org.uk



Charlton (Merry Brook) Rapid Response Catchment Community Plan

West Mercia Local Relief Forum in conjunction with Charlton Community Flood Action Group, Charlton Parish Council, Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and the Environment Agency have published a Rapid Response Catchment Community Plan in the event of serious flooding of the Merry Brook. This document details the risk of a serious flooding event and the actions required in the event that such an incident occurs. You can view the plan document by clicking on the icon below:

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Natural Flood Management Project

The Merry Brook Natural Flood Management Project is a Worcestershire County Council project, run in partnership with the Environment Agency, to slow down the flow of water in the Merry Brook following periods of heavy rain, and thus to prevent any flash flooding occurring in the village centre.


The scheme involves positioning Ash logs across the brook prior to brash being placed in the gaps in order to create "leaky dams". Although these logs are quite heavy, and some 3 metres in length, they still need to be pinned in place to prevent movement resulting from flood water flow. 


Phases 1, 2 & 3 have now been completed, resulting in the installation of some 30 “leaky dams”. Work is just starting on phase 4. We will update you on progress during the coming weeks.

Pictures of some of the leaky dams installed on the Merry Brook above the Village












Placing logs across the brook with the aid of a digger







One of the dams showing logs in place with brash infill to slow the water flow







Multiple dams in place along the brook



















Fast flowing water approaching a leaky dam















Multiple leaky dams holding back the flow of water in the Merry Brook following heavy rain on 3rd and 4th October 2020
















Water spilling out into the surrounding fields instead of pouring down into the centre of the village 

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