Flooding remains in Oak Hill Park, in East Barnet, as weather improves

Times Series: Martin Jefferies and his dogs Suzie and Vonzy making the most of the flooded park Martin Jefferies and his dogs Suzie and Vonzy making the most of the flooded park

The sun may be shining today but heavy rainfall earlier this week caused severe flooding at a popular East Barnet park.

Parts of Oak Hill Park were left under a foot and a half of water following the deluge last weekend and early this week.

Standing water on the flood plain blocked a main footpath running along a brook at the popular Church Hill Road space, causing problems for mothers with prams and small children.

But the makeshift pond proved popular with many of park’s regular four legged visitors, who were spotted splashing about in the water.

Martin Jefferies, who has been walking his dog in the park for the past ten years, said the flooding is the worst he has seen.

He said: “It will take quite a few days to clear. Any extreme of weather is exciting though – when it snows the hill is full of children sledding.

“It is fun for the dogs, though not so good for the people with buggies. But the council has done a lot to prevent the flooding here and there is not a lot more they can do.”

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12:33pm Fri 10 Jan 14

local democrat says...

This park is located in a historic flood plain which acts as a holding reservoir in times of high rain fall. There used to be several ponds and swampy areas on the Church Hill road side of the brook which were permanently wet until drainage was installed to make more of the park available for most of the year. If the park did not flood then houses further down stream would be flooded instead. many of the houses (even new ones where they should know better) flooded elsewhere in the country have been built in flood plains.
This park is located in a historic flood plain which acts as a holding reservoir in times of high rain fall. There used to be several ponds and swampy areas on the Church Hill road side of the brook which were permanently wet until drainage was installed to make more of the park available for most of the year. If the park did not flood then houses further down stream would be flooded instead. many of the houses (even new ones where they should know better) flooded elsewhere in the country have been built in flood plains. local democrat
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