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Gloucestershire floods five years on: Environment Agency

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 20, 2012

WASHED OUT: Water hits one Gloucester garden.

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SINCE the floods, the Environment Agency and partner councils have poured money into protecting our watercourses.

Cypress Gardens in Longlevens flooded partly as a result of the Horsbere Brook bursting its banks.

A flood alleviation scheme there included a new embankment and storage area with the capacity to store more than 170,000 cubic metres of water – the equivalent of nearly 70 Olympic swimming pools.

It provides a one in 100 year standard of protection, including an allowance for climate change.

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When river flows increase, water will spill into the storage area until the risk of flooding to more than 350 homes in and around Longlevens and Elmbridge has reduced.

Construction of the £1.5 million scheme started in February 2011 and was completed in September.

Daniels Brook in Gloucester has been improved to let more water through and it provides a one in 75-year standard of protection.

At Deerhurst, the embankment was raised, floodgates replaced and a new wall installed to provide a one in 100 year protection at a cost of £500,000.

In Lydney, the Station Road scheme saw a new wall and embankment from Station Road and Mead Lane to protect 11 houses and two factories plus reduce the risk of flooding to one per cent in any given year. The Environment Agency worked with Forest of Dean District Council and Shire Hall on the £720,000 project.

In Cheltenham, there is more flood water storage capacity at Upper Sandford Park after the boundary wall and earth retained bund were raised.

Gardens have been regraded upstream of the inlet at Cox's Meadow and a defence wall has been raised at Glynbridge Gardens.

The risk of flooding for 70 to 100 homes and businesses during a one in 100-year flood event in Prestbury has been reduced by the connection of two existing flood relief culverts, creation of a bypass channel around the outskirts and widening of the channel on the stream. It cost £600,000.

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