UK: Whittlesey Washes Scheme Involves South Barrier Bank Strengthening

The second phase of a £26-million scheme to strengthen the banks of the Whittlesey Washes is to start later this year and residents of Whittlesey and Stanground are invited to find out more.

The Environment Agency-led scheme involves strengthening 16km of the South Barrier Bank. The scheme is taking place over three years, with the second phase, between Eldernell and Stanground, due to start this summer.

Guy Szomi, Environment Agency catchment engineer, said: “The Washes play an important part in reducing the risk of flooding to hundreds of properties, as well as roads, railways and more than 8,000 hectares of farmland, in the fenland area to the south east of Peterborough. Our work to strengthen the banks of the Washes will further reduce the risk to people and property.”

Press Release, March 19, 2014

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