Completed flood schemes in Gloucestershire.
The River Chelt flows through Cheltenham where 600 properties have a one percent chance of flooding annually. Flooding can occur within two hours leaving little time to issue flood warnings or prepare. In summer 2011 we completed work to Upper Sandford Park and Cox's Meadow flood storage areas. In October 2011 we completed work to raise an existing section of flood wall on Keirle Way which forms part of the River Chelt scheme. The scheme improves the standard of flood protection for Cheltenham by storing flood water at Dowdeswell, Cox's Meadow and Upper Sandford Park, while using walls and earth embankments to reduce flooding to properties. The total cost for the River Chelt Scheme was £811,000.
Daniels Brook, Gloucestershire
During winter 2011/12, we carried out work to improve the efficiency of the flood relief channel at Daniels Brook. We reduced flood risk to 180 properties, from the railway line down to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The £1.2 million scheme included clearing the channel of trees and vegetation, enlarging some channel sections, raising low sections of ground between the Daniels Brook and the flood relief channel and building a new flow control device downsteam of the railway line. During autumn/winter 2012/13 we will carry out planting to replace the trees that had to be removed as well as the lost screening, where possible.
Horsbere Brook, Gloucestershire
Horsbere Brook’s £1.5m scheme opened in February 2011. The scheme includes the creation of a flood storage area with the capacity to store over 150,000 cubic metres of water. In normal conditions it will be empty, but when flows increase the flood storage area will significantly lower the water levels, reducing flood risk to over 350 homes.
Lydney (Station Road) flood scheme opened in October 2011. The new flood wall and flood embankment at Station Road and Mead Lane will protect 11 houses and two large factories and reduce the risk of river flooding to one percent in any given year. We worked in partnership with the Forest of Dean District Council and Gloucestershire County Council to deliver the £720,000 project. Funding has come primarily from our Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Local Levy, with contributions from Gloucestershire County Council and Forest of Dean District Council.