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Plans to reduce flooding in Pickering and Sinnington

Plans to reduce flooding in Pickering and Sinnington

12:00am 11th November 2010

New approaches to reduce flooding in Pickering and Sinnington.

The Enironment Agency's launching its 'Slowing the Flow' campaign.
The 2 year pilot aims to demonstrate how land management can help to reduce the risk of flooding.

Visitors are invited to a drop-in session in Pickering today to view photos of previous schemes that have worked.

That includes dams on upland watercourses, and the construction of bunds to create storage reservoirs.

Ryedale Council has pledged £800,000 towards the cost of construction of the bunds by the Environment Agency.
'Slowing the Flow' programme manager Simon Marrington said:

"We’re really pleased with the progress that has been made so far and wanted to tell people about that and let them know what’s going to be happening next.
We will be presenting details of our plans for the construction of upstream storage bunds and hope to gain support for these and other work that will help to reduce flood risk in Pickering and Sinnington."
The event takes place at Pickering Memorial Hall between 2pm and 7pm and visitors can talk to members of the project team and ask questions.
All partners in the two-year project will be represented, including the Environment Agency, Forest Research, the Forestry Commission, the North York Moors National Park Authority, Ryedale District Council and Durham University. Members of local community flood groups are also attending.
Representatives from the National Flood Forum will be present to offer advice on work and products which can help to make properties more resilient to flooding.

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