Emergency works help protect Southampton homes from flooding

Mackley Calmore

Team Van Oord was on hand to assist the Environment Agency with clearing a 600mm dia storm drain over the Easter weekend, protecting homes and businesses in the Calmore area of Southampton from flooding.

On Good Friday, CCTV footage revealed a section of the storm drain had collapsed, causing a blockage. With heavy rain forecast on Easter Sunday, the Environment Agency acted swiftly to head off the danger of flooding.

The work was carried out by Team Van Oord as the lead supplier to provide ‘incident response resources’ to the Environment Agency’s operational teams in Wessex, Solent and South Downs and West Thames.

On Saturday (31 March), Team Van Oord mobilized a tracked excavator and crew to the site to locate the blockage. The damaged pipe was removed and a ditch formed, which was temporarily lined with sandbags to prevent scour.

The area was fenced for safety and a full CCTV survey of the entire length of the culvert is now being arranged. Following the CCTV survey, a decision will be made as to any further works that may be required.

Team Van Oord will then return to site to complete the repairs and reinstate the site.

10 April 2018