Wrington Flood Relief Scheme About to Begin

The second stage of a £1.4m scheme to help alleviate flooding in Wrington will start on Monday, 2 July, North Somerset Council said in its latest release. 

The project, jointly funded by North Somerset Council, the Environment Agency, Wessex Water and developer contributions, will see the construction of a new bank over the Rye Brook.

Stretching 163m and reaching two meters in height, the bank, known as a flood storage embankment, will provide an area for excess water to be contained when the Rye Brook reaches full capacity. The bank will include a small outlet for the Rye Brook to continue flowing along its natural course.

The project, which will be constructed by Skanska, will take 16 weeks to complete and will include digging down four meters.

According to the council’s announcement, the resulting bank will reduce the risk of flooding in the Rickyard Road and Silver Street area dramatically.

The bank is being built to hold water from a ‘one in fifty year storm’ and is expected to prevent properties from flooding in the future. Gardens may still flood during extreme weather.