'SMART' drainage sensors have been implemented in Earley, in order to act more efficiently against flooding.

Wokingham Borough Council implemented the devices in drains in Earley, on Gipsy Lane and Wilderness Road, and in Reading Road, Arborfield, at the end of last year.

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The devices carry ultrasonic sensors that can detect blockages, measure water and silt levels, as well as monitor the condition of the gullies.

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: “We continue to look at ways we can use innovative and green technologies on the roads around the borough,”

“We know if we can better manage and monitor our drainage system then we’ll be able to reduce congestion and be better informed about locations where we can carry out maintenance work.

“Systems like this have been successfully implemented elsewhere and I look forward to seeing the results of this.

"If the trial works successfully we will investigate whether they can be rolled out across more locations.”

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The sensors will be trialled until the end of 2021, where a decision on whether to implement the devices borough-wide will be decided, depending on their effectiveness.

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