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Flood risk reduction continues in Tewkesbury


Gloucestershire County Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and the Environment Agency are continuing the flood alleviation work in Tewkesbury this month for a second phase of clearing and de-silting along water courses.

Both ditches and watercourses around Tewkesbury help to make sure the town is resilient to flooding, and with previous work done, such as removing overgrowth and blockages from watercourses and ditches, helps water flow freely and reduce the risk of flooding for residents and businesses.

Keeping watercourses clear can also help to make sure that the natural drainage systems can work to their maximum capacity.

The latest work, which started last week (19th September), will see a team use machinery to clear silt from identified 'pinch points'. These are areas where water levels can increase and are more likely to cause flooding.

De-silting is the removal of fine sand, clay, and materials carried by running water. If it isn't removed, the deposited sediment can increase the risk of flooding at some points.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "It is fantastic news that Tewkesbury's second phase of major de-silting is beginning this month. The county council is committed to reducing the risk of flooding in the town and continues to work together with Tewkesbury Borough Council and the Environment Agency to achieve this."

Cllr Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment at Tewkesbury Borough Council, said, "It's great to be involved in this partnership and this continued work is making a difference in reducing the risk of flooding within Tewkesbury. Flood alleviation is one of the priorities for Tewkesbury Borough Council and we hope this second phase of work will continue to reassure residents that we are working hard to reduce flood risk in Tewkesbury town and across the borough."

Cllr Phillip Awford, regional flood and costal committee member for Gloucestershire, said: "Clearing watercourses is really important to reduce flood risk, protect homes and local businesses from the issues related to flooding, which is why the second phase of the work is now taking place around Tewkesbury."

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