Eastcote Town Centre Rain Gardens
Earlier this month, our Associate, Samer Muhandes, from our Flood and Water Management team, took it upon himself to visit Eastcote Town Centre where we had designed the rain gardens there. Due to the flood warnings that day, he wanted to see first-hand the hydraulic performance of his work.
The town centre is located in an extremely vulnerable location in terms of flooding where even small rainfall events can be critical. Previously, even eighteen millimetres of rainfall would cause huge issues. Samer was therefore delighted to see the value the rain gardens have had in Eastcote when more than 30mm of rainfall landed in less than an hour. In the midst of heavy rainfall, the whole area was drained within fifteen minutes with the exception of some localised areas where the public sewers were ineffective and in need of maintenance.
Speaking to local residents, Samer was pleased to hear that before the rain gardens were installed, surface water run off would flood the carriageway and surface water runoff would flow into the shops, but the carriageway is now dry in a matter of moments. The photo above depicts the street just twenty minutes after the storm had passed. We are proud of all the work Samer and the Flood and Water Management team have accomplished and admire his dedication to ensure our projects are performing as intended well after the implementation period.
A video of the gardens in action can be found here.