SRA End of Year Report 2015-16: Wick Lane culvert, Brent Knoll
Problem: Poor drainage badly affecting land between Wick Lane and the main Taunton-Bristol railway line. Very high water levels regularly experienced during times of heavy rainfall, causing: saturated ground; flooded road; low-lying properties nearby threatened with inundation.
Achieved: A new culvert has been installed beneath Wick Lane near Brent Knoll, north of Highbridge, to protect the road and nearby properties from flooding. The scheme was funded by interim funding, and carried out by the Axe Brue Drainage Board with a local contractor.
As soon as the culvert was installed, IDB staff noted that water levels dropped significantly, as land can now drain effectively into a network of maintained rhynes (ditches) to the west.