Sutton experienced heavy rainfall across the borough in June 2016. This highlighted areas at an increased risk of surface water flooding.

What we're doing to manage the risk

We've introduced the use of water level measuring equipment. This will help to increase our understanding of these risks and to better manage them. The equipment allows us to:

  • actively watch Council drainage infrastructure
  • better manage the maintenance of this infrastructure

Cameras and sensors monitor areas within the borough to check the water level in highway gullies or watercourses.

The locations of the equipment within the borough are:

  • Wallington Bridge: Sensor and camera
  • Cuddington Recreation Ground: Sensor
  • Nonsuch Park: Sensor

We've set specific alert levels so that we receive live updates when those levels are reached. When flooding triggers are activated we are able to capture live photos from Wallington Bridge.

Wallington bridge camera

A fixed focus low-resolution still image camera has been installed at Wallington Bridge. The camera doesn't capture live video streaming images and cannot track people or objects. Images from the camera can only be accessed and downloaded to Council systems by those with authorised access.

Downloaded images will be stored permanently or as long as deemed necessary by the Council. The camera has been installed to help Sutton Council meet its responsibilities in managing surface water flood risk as Lead Local Flood Authority as per the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. Images will be downloaded when flooding occurs and stored on Council systems for reference and record keeping. Downloaded and stored images will not include any person or personal information including licence plate details. Images will only be downloaded and stored by authorised Council officers.