New £3 Million Flood Defence Scheme for York
4:09pm 7th January 2013
Environment Agency contractors will start work at the end of January to build new flood defences for the Water End area of York.
The £3.2m scheme, drawn up after extensive public consultation, will reduce flood risk to almost 400 homes and businesses.
The Environment Agency will be hosting a public meeting in Water End on Tuesday, January 15, to present final details of the design and introduce members of the works team.
Project manager Helen Tattersdale said: “The area has a long history of flooding from the River Ouse. Surface water and sewers also contribute to flood problems but our scheme will provide a solution to many of the difficulties faced by residents.”
The scheme will involve building a new brick-clad flood wall, approximately 300 metres long, along a section of Water End between Landing Lane and the river bridge. New defences will also be created around Landing Lane.
The existing embankment behind Swinerton Avenue and the parkland behind St Barnabas School will be raised.
Innovative remedial work will help to reduce seepage through the existing embankments, while an early phase of construction will involve replacing existing underground valves, known as penstocks, with brand new ones to stop river water entering Yorkshire Water’s system.
“These will be tight-fitting and able to cope with an increased pressure of water,” said Mark Fuller, technical specialist with the Environment Agency.
“This element of the scheme alone should make a real difference if we have a repeat of the kind of flooding we experienced in September 2012.”
The project, partly-funded with a £1 million contribution from City of York Council, will take 12 months to complete.
The Environment Agency’s contractors will be setting up site offices on the former bowling green in Salisbury Road, and disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Northern Powergrid will also be working in the area to replace an electricity cable. This needs to be completed before work can begin on the Water End flood wall and on raising the existing embankment.
Next week’s public information meeting will be held at St Barnabas School in Jubilee Terrace, Leeman Road, on Tuesday, January 15 between 3.30pm and 7pm. The public are invited to come along to meet the project team, view the final design and ask any questions they may have.
Yorkshire Water representatives and City of York Council flood risk engineers will also be available.
More information on the scheme can be found at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/135878.aspx
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