Three of Feniton’s flood wardens attended two days of training to learn how to close roads when they are starting to flood.
This has always been an issue in Feniton, as drivers are sometimes less than considerate when asked not to drive through flood water.
Because Feniton has houses built below the level of the road, a car driving even quite slowly through the water can cause a mini-tidal wave which can be sufficient to cause flooding in these properties.
Jayne’s report on the training is below.
In the meantime, if you are at risk of flooding, now is the time to prepare for the winter ahead. Make sure you have sandbags ready and that you know where the dumpy bags of sand are located around the village.
Please don’t wait until the water is lapping at your doorstep before doing anything about it!
If you need any help, contact Jayne (850964) or me (850208).
South West Highways (SWH) Chapter 8 Training
Yes … I was the only female!
During heavy downpours the roads in Feniton become impassable, especially in Station Road, Salisbury Avenue and Close, Wells Avenue and Talaton Road by Farmway. Closing the roads prevents tidal waves caused by traffic and protects houses at real risk of flooding. Unfortunately, the wardens were not legally allowed to do this without the City and Guilds Unit 2 qualification.
This course provided us with sufficient knowledge of signing, lighting and guarding methods in order to minimize delays and eliminate risk of accidents whilst maintaining a safe environment for the general public, the road users, and the volunteer flood wardens.
The first day started at 8.30 a.m. and the morning session was spent discussing the correct positioning and selecting the correct warning signs, lamps, cones and barriers to close a flooded road. Some of the information given was not applicable to Feniton but it was very interesting. I really did not know how difficult it was to put out signage!
The signs have to be a certain length apart and positioned differently depending what speed limit the road is, how wide the road is and whether it is a single or dual carriageway. We spent the afternoon pacing out the road and placing our lead-in tapers, exit tapers and other signs in the correct position. We even had to set up traffic lights and set the light sequence required – very interesting but again not necessary for Feniton!
The course gave us a good understanding of the need to permit and maintain controlled movement of pedestrian and vehicle traffic at the site of the flooding, and appreciate the requirements of safe practices, whilst the wardens are carrying out the road closures.
Please contact the Flood Warden co-ordinators if you think your road is flooding and becoming a danger to your property. They will ensure the three qualified wardens are sent to that area as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we are trying to source funding to obtain the correct signs that are needed.