Neil Clayton from the Environment Agency has given us a testimonial for the Water-gate and is certainly a fan:
St. Luke’s Church
During the very wet summer of 2012, I got an urgent call about flooding at Moorbridge Lane, Stapleford in Nottinghamshire, where the water was gushing from the back of St. Luke’s Church.
It was easy to see what was causing the flooding; the wall at the back of the Church had previously been pushed over by vandals and was in the process of being rebuilt. The wall acts as a barrier to the floodplain for a tributary from the Boundary Brook. This collapse meant the tributary was entering the grounds of the Church and flooding through the grounds and out of the gates onto Moorbridge Lane. The escaping water meant there was a potential risk twenty-five properties could be flooded. The vicar and a few of his parishioners were trying unsuccessfully to stop the flow.
The Church yard was a gravelled area which spanned approximately 12 metres with an adjoining garden wall to one side and the Church building on the other. We had recently purchased three Water-Gate Barriers and to me it seemed a perfect opportunity to try them out in a real incident. I was working with a very experienced colleague who is not renowned for his opinion of new innovative products! Unrolling the barrier took about two minutes and a bit of adjusting at each end where it lay against the walls took another couple of minutes. I was amazed how easily it rolled out and the way it sealed. Within 4 -5 minutes we had stopped the flow of water at about 150mm deep from getting onto the road.
The Reverend and his flock – whose valiant efforts had been in vain – couldn’t believe what they had seen. One of the group looked up to the heavens and thanked the Lord! “Never mind the Lord”, my colleague replied, “This Water-Gate™ Flood Barrier performed the miracle! Now what about a cuppa!”
Ops Delivery Team Leader at Environment Agency