Birmingham Flood Protection Scheme Opens

Image source: Team Van Oord

A new £2.7 million flood scheme, which reduces risk to more than 200 residential and commercial properties in the south of Birmingham, has been officially opened.

The Selly Park South flood prevention scheme was carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency and in partnership with Birmingham City Council and St Andrew’s Healthcare.

The new flood defenses include a 500m long embankment on a public open space next to Dogpool Lane bridge and the construction of a pile cladded wall on the opposite bank, which have created a flood storage area that will collect water from the River Rea during times of heavy rainfall and then slowly release it back into the river when levels recede.

A new reinforced concrete wall was constructed on both sides of the river downstream of bridge on Dogpool Lane to protect the properties directly affected by the works, which started in September 2016.

The official opening on 19 January was attended by Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, Mike Adams, Environment Agency Senior Flood Risk Adviser for the West Midlands Area, John Clayton, Coordinator for the Selly Park South Flood Action Group, and Councillor Karen McCarthy from Birmingham City Council.

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