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The Jubilee River story - The Black Potts embankment problem

When the flood water rose in January 2003, it came out of the Jubilee River, under the footpath arches then travelled alongside the railway line from Black Potts towards Datchet Railway Station and poured into Datchet village centre, across the main road (B376) and into the drain at Priory Way.

Luckily the drains in the village centre and the drainage ditches thereafter were clear, and the flood water was therefore able to continue without backing up on its path through the village via the 'barrel arch' and the Datchet Common Brook, re-entering the Thames in the adjacent parish of Wraysbury.

The image below (Sept 2006) shows the flood flow path and new embankment - built at a cost of 68,000

 

The image below was taken in December 2010 - the footpath is repeatedly washed away.