THE anniversary of a flood disaster was marked with a picnic party at the weekend - as a celebration for the completion of a new £150,000 defence scheme.
Saturday was four years to the day that nearly 30 homes in North Cave were left under water, but hard work has since been carried out by the Environment Agency, North Cave Parish Council and the local flood committee, which was set up by the locals in the aftermath of 25 June 2007 when the local beck burst its banks.
The beck has now been widened downstream at Townend Lane, widened downstream at Upper Mill House, an overflow channel dug along Low Mill Lane to divert excess water in times of high flow, and a new bridge has been built to replace the old brick bridge.
The old bridge was partially blamed for the floods because of its low arches over the water line causing it to back up and burst the banks.
To mark the opening of the new wooden structure, known as Froscoles Bridge, youngsters from North Cave Primary enjoyed a picnic and cut the ribbon on Saturday afternoon. More than 150 youngsters, parents and locals turned out for the event.
Ros Fairburn, secretary to the flood committee, said: “It’s taken a long time negotiating with the Environment Agency. We’ve had a lot of help from them. We’ve had quite a few issues and the bridge should have been opened months ago, but we are very pleased with it.
“It is the accumulation of a lot of effort from the parish council, the flood committee and the Environment Agency to get the four parts of the project completed. I’m sure the people who live near the beck and whose homes were flooded are relieved.”
Vice chairman of the parish council, Steve Skipsey, added: “In the last two years we have been working very hard with the Environment Agency towards completing these projects.
“It was difficult in the early days to get any money towards them and there’s been a few setbacks along the way, but we have finally got there.”
Around the bridge area it was thought that up to three feet of water had gathered during the deluge on 25 June, 2007. Over 29 homes were flooded and dozens more were damaged.
North Cave was one of several towns and villages to be hit by the floods. Others in the region included South Cave, Wilberfoss and, of course, Pocklington, where an estimated £2million worth of damage was sustained as up to four feet of water gathered in the town centre.