Risk of flooding reduced in Emsworth after £300,000 scheme

Gareth Bates, MP Alan Mak and Asad Abbas from the EA

Gareth Bates, MP Alan Mak and Asad Abbas from the EA

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THE chances of 54 homes and a railway line being submerged under floodwater have been significantly reduced thanks to a £300,000 scheme.

It comes after years of campaigning by residents in Emsworth following several floods, including Christmas 2012 when several homes in Selangor Avenue were swamped.

Engineers from the Environment Agency have designed a simple but effective water storage system at Nore Farm, located north of the A27.

The first part of the scheme was to reduce the size of the culvert – a pipe – that runs under the A27.

Embankments have been built up along a stream to stop flooding on the nearby railway line.

It has been separated from a nearby watercourse and this has reduced the flood risk in Bridge Road.

Field operations team leader Gareth Bates said: “We are holding the water back here where it is just going to flood some farmland temporarily.

“The water sits here and gradually feeds it through, so you don’t get these tidal waves of water when it rains heavily.”

Havant MP Alan Mak said: “The flood alleviation scheme is good news for Emsworth, giving residents and businesses more protection. “I enjoyed seeing the flood defences first hand, and congratulate our local councillors, community groups and the Environment Agency for their hard work.”

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