The Environment Agency and Leicester City Council are working together to design and build a scheme which will reduce flood risk to approximately 4,700 properties in the city of Leicester through a series of flow improvements along the River Soar.
There are approximately 7,000 residential and commercial properties at risk from river flooding in Leicester with further properties also at risk from surface water flooding.
Work on the scheme will take place in 3 phases.
Work started in September 2014 and should be complete by the end of December 2014. The work will increase river flow through the existing flood arches beneath the Great Central Way Biam Bridge. This will reduce flooding to approximately 250 properties in Braunstone Town and Aylestone.
Work is planned to begin in spring 2015 and involves lowering public open spaces to increase the storage capacity of flood plain areas.
Work is planned to begin in winter 2015. Culverts will be built at the Loughborough Road Bridge and Thurcaston Road Bridge to route flood water away from the bridges.