When I first walked over Fleet Hill farm, some four years ago, I notice some deep scoring (gullies) incised into the banks of a pond to the farthest west of the site. These 'gullies' originated at the Blackwater river and ran down to the lake on Fleet Hill farm. I surmised they were cut by water from the Blackwater bursting its banks.
We had a deluge of biblical proportions in 2019 to 2020, and one day in February 2020, between storm systems, I paid a visit to Fleet Hill farm. Sure enough, the Blackwater river had burst its banks, and water was streaming into the farthest most lake from the Longwater road. As I had surmised, the gullies were cut by water flowing down the banks from the Blackwater.
I've been frustrated with Weebly. I can't post videos until I upgrade my subscription. Hah, I pay enough for it already. Yesterday, I discovered the only way I could post videos to RSPB community forums was via a YouTube link. I then discovered that Google own YouTube, and as I already have a gmail account, I didn't have to create a YouTube account.
Then I discover that I can post YouTube videos on my Weebly account. Hence these five videos.
Now it is possible that Cemex have addressed this flooding problem. I think I did make Finchampstead Parish Council aware of it. I have not, however, revisited the site to see if the banks of the Blackwater have been shored up.
If the banks have not been strengthened then I reckon this is what may be happening today. Remember, as you view these videos, they are from February 2020.
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