Research and analysis

Earth embankment fissuring manual

A guide for the design, construction and maintenance of flood defence earth embankments with regard to the prevention or control of fissuring. It does not cover any other aspect of earth embankments.


Earth Embankment Fissuring Manual

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Survey results show that there are fissured embankments in every Environment Agency region. The worst affected regions are Anglian, Southern and Wessex. The worst fissuring occurs in areas of high plasticity clays

Published 1 January 1997