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South Ferriby Sluice Update

South Ferriby Sluice is a sluice at the mouth of the River Ancholme, maintained by the Environment Agency, to manage flood risk in the Ancholme valley and boat navigation.

The Current Situation

In the first week of February, heavy rainfall and unusually low temperatures meant that Environment Agency assets, including South Ferriby Sluice, were operating under extreme conditions. The sluice tidal door closest to the Hope and Anchor was dislodged off its seating and the top collar snapped-off.

The door was removed for inspection and temporary tidal damboards were installed on 12 February 2021 to prevent excess tidal water flowing up the River Ancholme. On inspection, the top collar holding the door in place was found to have sheared under extreme pressure, possibly due to a tree branch forcing the door off its pivot and shearing the collar at the top.

Pointing Door Repair

The report from the inspection of the sluice on 17th February 2021 is expected to allow decision on the repair options. It might involve anchoring the collar into the sluice blockwork.

Management of Water Levels

We have managed water levels in the River Ancholme by deploying pumps near the sluice, using the West Drain pointing doors to discharge the River Ancholme and by placing damboards to prevent tidal water flowing up the River Ancholme. In addition, there is a crane on stand-by should the damboards need to be removed to reduce high water levels in the River Ancholme.

Weather Forecast

The weather forecast for the week ahead is relatively dry. We monitor the weather forecast daily and take actions accordingly. Since identifying the problems with the sluice, we have communicated with North Lincolnshire Council, Ancholme Internal Drainage Board, The Humber Local Resilience Forum, Anglian Water and South Ferriby Parish Council. We will issue weekly updates on the South Ferriby Parish Council website.

Strong Stream Advice

A Navigation Advisory Notice has been issued with regard to changing water levels. This has been and will continue to be reviewed daily, until the repair is effective. If the flow range changes significantly, a further Strong Stream Advice will be issued.

Flood Warning Service

Please sign-up to get flood warnings in England by phone, email or text message. Please call FLOODLINE on Telephone: 0345 9881188 (24hr service). You will need to provide:

– The address you are registering
– A phone number you can be contacted on day or night
– An email address

South Ferriby Best Kept Village Sucess

South Ferriby has been Highly Commended in the Medium Village group of this year’s Best Kept Village competition, with Ruth Hilton and Virginia Scatcherd being awarded an Environment Award in recognition of all the hard work they do in the Village.

South Ferriby COVID-19 Community Help

The Parish Council are doing everything we can to support residents in South Ferriby at this difficult time.

Our Parish Clerk has offered to co-ordinate a group of residents in South Ferriby who are coming together to help the community during a time where some people are having trouble accessing what they need.

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19/Coronavirus, we can help you with the following:

  • Picking up shopping and urgent supplies
  • Posting mail
  • Collecting prescriptions and medication
  • Or just a friendly phone call if you’re feeling isolated

Please contact Holly Hanson on 07393 21 30 30.

If you would like to speak to us, or want to ask for help on any matter, we will do our best to support you.

We need volunteers for this scheme – please contact us as soon as possible if you are able to give some of your time.


Holly Hanson
Appledore, 26 Main Street, Horkstow
Barton-upon-Humber DN18 6BG


07393 21 30 30