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Work underway to restore broken flood defence in Lowdham

  • Environment Agency in the process of carrying out repairs to the Flood Camp in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire
  • The work is expected to be completed by January 2022
  • In the new year, further work to restore the gardens and the recreation area will continue

A 200-meter-long wall that stands along part of the Cocker Beck next to the cricket ground in the center of the village is part of a flood reservoir that holds excess water when it rains heavily.

After being severely tested during multiple periods of flooding over the past 20 years, the defenses had deteriorated. The Environment Agency is now rebuilding the defense and ramming more robust materials deep into the ground along this length of the Beck.

East Midlands Area Operations Manager for the Environment Agency, Alan Walters said:

We are delighted to have started work locally to help the residents and businesses of Lowdham. We are using a new steel pile defense that is stronger and more robust than the previous plastic pile wall. The works will now not only reduce the risk of flooding, but will also help reduce the effects of climate change as more extreme rainfall is predicted.

Getting this project onto the site was a real challenge, and we thank the community for their continued patience and understanding of the interruptions that come with delivering this critical work.

Work began in September to remove vegetation to provide access to the site and create a temporary defensive structure while the work is completed. Temporary pumps were also installed to handle large volumes of water during the work. Work on the new steel pile wall itself began in November and will be completed by January.

In the new year, further work will continue to restore the gardens and the recreational area of ​​the village.

The village square, which houses football and cricket fields in the center of the village, is designed for flooding and serves as a water reservoir. By holding back the flood here, the flood risk for homes and businesses is reduced.

In addition, work is underway to further improve Lowdham flood protection thanks to a $ 5 million raise in July 2020 as part of the government’s $ 170 million investment in shovel-ready flood control projects.

The preferred option for the system is to store water in a new meadow upstream of the village. The water reservoir would be a dry reservoir that stays dry for most of the year and only fills up when flooding normally occurs.

Notes for editors

  • Lowdham is a village in east Nottingham with over 3,000 inhabitants. A section of the Cockerbeck, managed by the Environment Agency and a tributary of the much larger River Trent, runs through the center. The village has a history of flooding as a result of extreme rainfall.

  • Narrow spots in the Cocker Beck under some bridges in the village narrow the water flow when the water level is high and cause it to emerge from the shore zone, which leads to flooding of properties and infrastructure.

  • The village green was developed as a flood protection measure after the flood in 1999.

  • Work to build a 60,000 Natural Flood Management (NFM) program (funded under the Environment Agencies’ 15 million NFM program) began in the winter of 2018, including leaking barriers, earthworks and ponds. These natural measures aim to curb and store flooding on agricultural land before it enters the Cocker Beck. This is intended to complement the use of more traditional technical solutions, such as flood barriers further downstream to reduce the risk of flooding to local communities. The project is in partnership with Trent Rivers Trust and Nottin. carried out

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