Last Friday, June 28th, marked the official start of work on a major Environment Agency flood scheme for the town of Burton-upon-Trent.
The £30 million project will reduce flood risk for 5,500 properties currently facing possible flooding from the River Trent, including 4,500 homes and 1,000 businesses.
The project – funded by the Government with some Local Levy support – is part of the Environment Agency’s £2.6 billion investment program into flood defenses across the country.
Joint venture Galliford Try and Black & Veatch have been awarded the contract to conduct the multi-million pound works.
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said: “This £30 million project will not only reduce flood risk to homes and businesses but will also benefit local wildlife through the creation of new wetland areas and ponds.”
The project is due to complete by spring 2021.