Teesside flood protection scheme complete
A £3M scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to 350 homes and 32 businesses in Teesside is complete.
The Environment Agency joined forces with local business Wilton Engineering to deliver the Port Clarence flood alleviation scheme.
The project consisted of both a permanent concrete flood wall and a removable steel section along the front of Wilton’s work site, which protects their site and the local community while ensuring the business can still operate from the river.
In total the length of the new defences measures almost 1.5km. It used 132 precast concrete units, weighing nearly six tonnes each; the removable section consisted of 47 bespoke sections of steel defence, each six metres long and weighing 1.2 tonnes each.
There are also new flood embankments to the east and west of Wilton, while a 35-metre section of the road on the approach to the Transporter Bridge has been raised by around half a metre.
Construction started on site in March 2015 and was completed in December.
The Environment Agency’s Operations Manager for the North East, Alan Cadas, said: “This has been a really innovative collaboration between ourselves and Wilton Engineering – seeing us work together with industry to protect the local area.
“The removable defence means homes and businesses in Port Clarence are protected from flooding, but they also ensure Wilton can still operate its business from the river when required.
“The scheme has also seen a mixture of embankments, flood walls and ground raising along the River Tees to reduce the risk of flooding.
“I remember well the impact of the most recent floods on the local community and I hope the completion of this scheme provides reassurance for residents going into the future as well as protecting local industry.”
Wilton Engineering Chief Executive Bill Scott added: “Flooding is a huge problem throughout many parts of the UK. I am sure the residents of Port Clarence will be able to sleep knowing that they are now protected against similar flooding events to that which occurred during the tidal surge back in December 2013.
“It is testament to the Environment Agency to proceed so quickly to install a large bespoke flood defence system to protect the local community, and businesses.”
The EA and Wilton will continue to work in partnership to ensure that the scheme is maintained and robust in the coming years.
Jon Hargreaves, Chairman of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, said: “I’m delighted the Port Clarence scheme is complete, bringing much needed protection for the community, as well as industry in the area.
"The Environment Agency has worked closely with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council during the scheme.
"The most recent impact of flooding in Port Clarence was seen in December 2013, when a tidal surge combined with high spring tides affected around 50 homes and businesses.”
Across England, the Environment Agency’s flood schemes have protected an extra 182,000 properties in the past three years. It is spending £2.3BN over the next six years to reduce flood risk to a further 300,000 more properties.
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