EA notes TVO’s ‘good progress’ on flood defence repairs

The Environment Agency has announced that Team Van Oord is making good progress in repairing flood defences in south west England which were damaged during the winter storms and floods.

More than 100 flood defence structures including river banks, pumping stations, sluices, gates and beach defences were damaged earlier this year in Somerset and Dorset after some of the wettest weather and worst floods for 250 years.

Since the floodwater receded, a detailed inspection has been made of defences and repair sites identified. The Environment Agency and Team Van Oord are working flat out to ensure these repairs are completed as quickly as possible and all defences are in full working order and ready to protect local communities from any future flooding.

Robbie Williams, for the Environment Agency, said: “Many of our vital flood defences were damaged from the recent winter flooding which was the wettest on record.

“These repair works are vital to protect people and properties from flooding. We are targeting and prioritising repairs where there is the greatest flood risk, with the aim to complete work before winter.

“This will ensure they are ready for any heavy rain and high tides.”

A significant amount of repair work is underway and some has already been completed.

At Chesil Beach in Dorset (see pic above) more than 150,000 cubic metres of shingle was lost from the beach and the flood defences damaged during winter storms. Team Van Oord’s work to repair the defences and replenish the beach is well under way.

Good progress is also being made in Somerset where dredging of the Rivers Parrett and Tone is on target for completion by October. Repairs are also due to start at Allermoor Spillway.

In April, the Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Somerset Levels and praised the Environment Agency and Team Van Oord for their combined efforts to relieve the flooding which badly affected the area earlier this year.

4 August 2014