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The town of Upton-upon-Severn is located on the River Severn. This area has a long history of flooding, with over 70 floods since 1970. The Environment Agency trialled the use of temporary flood barriers along the Waterfront area in 2005. These have protected homes and businesses for 6 years.
The Environment Agency worked with the community to develop a permanent flood scheme to replace temporary barriers along the Waterfront area.
The £4.4 million scheme consisted of 2 phases, protecting the most at risk properties located in 2 separate flood areas known as ‘New Street’ and ‘Waterside’.
You can view pictures of the scheme on Flickr:
In July 2012 the new flood scheme at Waterside was opened by Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire and Mayor Andrea Morgan. Children from Upton Primary School were also present.
The Waterside scheme defends 64 properties with a 1 in 150 chance of flooding in any given year.
Waterside’s defences consist of a permanent flood wall with glass panels 450 millimeters high along its length to maintain the view of the river.
Pedestrian gates enable access to the river side of the wall. There are also regeneration features such as raised walkways and a pedestrianised Waterfront area.
Construction of the New Street phase began in February 2011. As part of the scheme an earth embankment was built using clay from the nearby Upton Marina. A new flood wall was also constructed and a flood gate across New Street installed.
On Friday 25 November 2011, Harriett Baldwin MP, officially opened this section of the scheme.
Contact the Environment Agency by emailing SHWGenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk.