A new £2.7m flood scheme, which reduces risk to more than 200 residential and commercial properties in the south of Birmingham, has been officially opened.
The Selly Park South flood prevention scheme was carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency and in partnership with Birmingham City Council and St Andrew’s Healthcare.
The new flood defences include a 500m long embankment on a public open space next to Dogpool Lane bridge and the construction of a pile cladded wall on the opposite bank, which have created a flood storage area that will collect water from the River Rea during times of heavy rainfall and then slowly release it back into the river when levels recede.
A new reinforced concrete wall was constructed on both sides of the river downstream of bridge on Dogpool Lane to protect the properties directly affected by the works, which commenced in September 2016.
The official opening on 19 January was attended by Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, Mike Adams, Environment Agency Senior Flood Risk Advisor for the West Midlands Area, John Clayton, Coordinator for the Selly Park South Flood Action Group, and Councillor Karen McCarthy from Birmingham City Council (pictured above).
A commemorative plaque was unveiled which will soon be placed on permanent display in the vicinity of Dogpool Bridge.
Mike Adams from the Environment Agency, said:
“We’re pleased to deliver these flood protection measures for the people of Selly Park South.
“This community has experienced the terrible effects of flooding and the measures we’ve built here reduce future risk of flooding.
“We would like to thank local people for their patience and support throughout the building of this scheme.”
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for the Environment from Birmingham City Council, said:
“We’ve seen the devastating impact that flooding can have on communities, so I am delighted that these new measures are now in place.
“These will make a real difference by reducing the risk of flooding to hundreds of homes and businesses in Selly Park South.”
With the construction work complete, over the coming months land restoration work will be carried out on the southern side of Moor Green Lane, along with grass seeding of the flood defence embankments.
Angus Brettell, TVO Project Manager for the scheme, said:
“We always try to minimise disruption for local residents living in the areas where we work.
“At Selly Park South our construction team re-sequenced works to benefit walkers and cyclists using the Rea Valley Route, and we used the Giken ‘silent’ piling method to reduce both noise and vibration.”
Team Van Oord is still working on a second scheme in the area – Selly Park North – which, when complete, will further reduce the risk of flooding to local properties and residents.
06 February 2018