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More than 100 properties, surrounding roads and infrastructure benefit from Environment Agency flood defence project


By Rachel Armitage


More than 100 properties, surrounding roads and infrastructure have benefited from an Environment Agency project.

The agency has constructed a new 50 metre-long section of floodbank on Jericho Road, Balderton, to protect 140 houses.

While the new section was built from scratch, the surrounding sections were stripped of top soil, compacted, and then raised 60cm above the original height.

The new flood defence on Jerico Road, Balderton (17390828)
The new flood defence on Jerico Road, Balderton (17390828)

The agency said the flood risk from nearby watercourses had reduced from 5% to 1% as a result of the works.

Forty trees will be planted to mitigate the removal of eight semi-mature trees that needed to be removed for the work to take place.

Ashley Reeves, project manager at the Environment Agency said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this project and our relationship with the local community. They will see the benefits of a reduced flood risk that has been built into the natural environment.”

The new flood defence on Jerico Road, Balderton (17390830)
The new flood defence on Jerico Road, Balderton (17390830)

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