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Flood relief for Tewkesbury to keep town moving

Published
22.10.2021

Gloucestershire County Council is installing a flood relief scheme in Tewkesbury to prevent flooding on the Ashchurch Road by Morrisons.

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At times of extreme weather in recent years, people in the town have been affected by disruption and road closures caused by flooding in this area.

The county council has been assessing the drainage and problems caused when the flood plain at Walton Cardiff Nature Reserve is overwhelmed.

Despite the nature reserve offering great natural flood prevention, the drainage systems have been unable to cope during extreme weather - meaning a more permanent solution is needed.

The county council will install a special drainage system, collection tank and pumping system which will prevent the water from flooding the road – protecting the A438 and reducing the likelihood of it being flooded in the future.

Work on the scheme, which will cost nearly £11,000, is due to start next month and is estimated to take two weeks to complete.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood and local member for Tewkesbury East, said: “I’m delighted that this scheme has been devised to help alleviate flooding issues in Tewkesbury. Tewkesbury has suffered too much at the hands of flooding and with the changes to our climate we have to take action to protect our communities. This initiative will help reduce the chances of a key route in and out of the town from flooding and make us more resilient to the effects of extreme weather.”

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