Bewdley: Worcestershire city washed out for 3 years operating set to obtain £6.2m to enhance flood defences

2021-07-27 02:05:00

A city within the West Midlands is ready to obtain £6.2 million for everlasting flood defences, after it was washed out for 3 years operating.

Bewdley in Worcestershire may have its non permanent flood obstacles changed to raised shield houses and companies, the Division for Atmosphere, Meals and Rural Affairs (Defra) mentioned.

The defences failed when floods hit the city February and Prime Minister Boris Johnson was heckled by residents and branded a “traitor” when he visited the city a month later.

River Severn creeps up a street in Bewdley
The federal government will commit £6.2 million to enhance Bewdley’s flood defences. Pic file

Floods Minister Rebecca Pow is ready to announce the scheme and an extra £4.5 million which will probably be invested in smaller tasks throughout the Severn Valley.

The cash will assist deal with flooding within the long-term and can use flood administration methods corresponding to floodplain reconnection, wetland creation, woody particles dams and woodland planting to gradual the circulate of water upstream from Shrewsbury, Defra mentioned.

“Flooding is a devastating expertise, as individuals in Bewdley know solely too nicely,” Ms Pow mentioned.

“The brand new Beales Nook scheme, mixed with flood alleviation tasks additional up the Severn Valley, will assist considerably scale back the danger of flooding on this space in future.

“It is only one a part of our wider motion on flooding supported by our dedication of a record-breaking £5.2 billion throughout England between now and 2027, to raised shield a whole bunch of 1000’s extra houses.”

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In February, Dan Madden’s Bewdley residence was flooded for the second yr

Defra mentioned funding for the scheme was made out there via the federal government’s £170 million financial restoration funding package deal, which was introduced final yr and is aimed toward accelerating work on ‘shovel-ready’ flood defence schemes throughout England.

Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Atmosphere Company, mentioned: “The Atmosphere Company has made progress in tackling flooding within the Severn Valley and a everlasting defence at Beales Nook.

“However, with local weather change bringing extra excessive climate, individuals have to be vigilant.”

Earlier this yr, cities in Worcestershire needed to be evacuated after extreme climate warnings.

Floods severely impacted houses and companies within the space – the third time in three years Bewdley was hit by floods.

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