Flood relief scheme work to begin next week

PUBLISHED: 06:59 28 June 2018

Wrington was hit by floodwater in 2016 as well. Picture: Nigel Buck.

Wrington was hit by floodwater in 2016 as well. Picture: Nigel Buck.

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The next phase of a £1.4million scheme to stop homes from being flooded will begin next week.

Construction work will start on Monday to help Wrington prevent it being left underwater during storms.

While the recent warm weather makes the thought of flooding seem laughable, the village has been on the receiving end of devastating floods over the years.

In 2012, large swathes of the village were left underwater, with The Glebe particularly badly affected.

Since then, North Somerset Council, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water have combined to come up with a scheme to try to prevent a repeat from happening.

The project, which the trio are funding with help from development contributions, began in 2014 when a large flood relief drain was created to collect water at times of need and prevent water cascading down streets into people’s homes.

The second step will see a 163m-long bank created over the Rye Brook. It will be two metres high.

It will act as a flood storage embankment and provide an area for excess water.

The two-step process will massively reduce the risk of flooding in Wrington.

Prior to work starting, the council calculates 79 homes around Silver Street and Rickyard Road are at risk of flooding, with more than half of them at a significant or very significant risk.

The scheme though will reduce that so only 13 homes are at a moderate risk of flooding and is expected to cope with ‘one in a 50-year’ storms.

Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for environmental protection, said this is an important scheme which will make a big difference to people living in Wrington.

He said: “We have been working hard to address problems in areas with known flood risk since North Somerset was badly hit by floods in 2012 and have completed many schemes across North Somerset.

“The first stage of the Wrington flood relief scheme has been successful completed and this second stage will provide further relief for people living in the village.”

Skanska will carry out the work which should last 16 weeks.

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