New Flood Defenses Across Severn and Wye Catchment

 

Homes in Much Wenlock, Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot will be better protected from floods thanks to an unprecedented six-year £2.3 billion flood defense program, benefiting Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire to the tune of over £12 million.

Improvements to the scheme in Leominster, just one of 66 projects in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire that received the green light yesterday, will protect an additional 800 homes.

Some examples of the schemes funded in the first 2 year construction phase in the area include:

– £1.2 million will be invested in reducing flood risk in Much Wenlock;

– The £3 million Badsey Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to approximately 290 residents living along Badsey and Bunches Brook in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot;

– A £500,000 investment in the Barbourne Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to several large industrial units and residential properties in Worcester City along the brook.

This first ever long-term investment program will protect over 2,000 properties in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire alone and save the national economy £2.7 billion by 2021. The lifetime benefits of this investment will be even higher at over £30 billion.

New schemes may also be added as the program progresses.

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