The slide show above and videos below show how a poorly maintained watercourse impedes the drainage flow. Dead trees and branches obstruct the flow and trees grow on the bank where the water flows in high rainfall events. Photos below show how stock fences and other obstructions act as a net to catch leaves and debris and effectively form a dam thus raising the water level that cannot flow past the obstruction. This watercourse is one of many in Cumbria that regularly causes localised flooding of houses and roads in the village it flows through. More details can be found at http://www.dovenbyvillage.info/dovenby_beck_to_packhorse.html
When local watercourses are blocked they back up and flooding occurs as often happens in Dovenby Village because of the obstructions to the flow caused by landowners allowing trees, logs and debris to block the flow.