Action to ease risk of floods

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STAFF from the Environment Agency will start an overhaul of damaged culverts in Conisbrough next week to reduce the risk of flooding.

Contractors working in the confined channel of a culvert on Kearsley Brook will repair the walls and roof of the structure. A temporary stream diversion and a pump to reduce water levels may be required.

The work is part of a major refurbishment programme which will look at all 800 culverts across Yorkshire. An Environment Agency team has inspected 200 of the 800 culverts and prioritised those in urgent need of repair.

Project manager Glenn Fieldhouse said: “Culverts are structures which carry water underground. They were often built to allow development to take place around them such as roads, homes and businesses.

“Many people live and work near culverts and may not even know they are there. However, blocked culverts are a significant cause of localised flooding to home owners and businesses.

“Our staff have surveyed Kearsley Brook at the rear of the Shoes, Low Road, between New Hill and Willow Street.

“They found the culvert is in a poor condition with areas of scour undermining walls, deteriorating masonry and concrete.

“Our project team has prepared designs, organised contractors and obtained the necessary consents to be able to repair this culvert and protect up to 25 properties from flooding.

“Environment Agency staff have informed people whose properties are close to the prioritised culverts and watercourses about the planned work. Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum and affected properties will be restored to their original condition as quickly as possible.”

Call the Environment Agency’s free Floodline on 0845 9881188 to find out if your home is at risk of flooding.