Dovenby Village

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DOVENBY BECK VIDEOS Drainage obstructions from packhorse bridge to wooden footbridge

Dovenby Beck flows under the packhorse bridge, by the gate between the fields.  There was a large dead tree on the downstream side which was washed into the beck in winter storms of 2013/14 and washed 40 paces downstream with the force of the water.  There are about three other trees that were already restricting the flow at this point.  

In December 2015 another tree snapped and joined the other trees in Dovenby Beck.  There are many trees growing in the watercourse that restrict the flow in flood conditions.

The videos show trees growing in the base and sides of the beck at points where the normal flow of the river tries to remove heavy rainfall.  The obstructions all add to the pressure against the flow of water upstream and eventually flood the road and house of Dovenby village.

The Google Earth map below shows the route of the obstructed flow of Dovenby Beck.