Flood scheme now on line

PUBLISHED: 18:28 02 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010

A £3.2 million scheme to improve Clevedon's sea defences and protect almost 3,000 homes from flooding, has been completed. The improvements to the existing flood defences at Marshall's Bank and Land Yeo outfall, which were carried out by the Environment A

A £3.2 million scheme to improve Clevedon's sea defences and protect almost 3,000 homes from flooding, has been completed.The improvements to the existing flood defences at Marshall's Bank and Land Yeo outfall, which were carried out by the Environment Agency, began in 2005.Now complete they will provide extra protection to low lying houses and include an allowance for sea level rise over the next 100 years.The most recent flooding happened in December 1981 when a large surge on a modest Spring tide flooded 305 properties and land up to two kilometres from the sea.Since that time many hundreds of properties have been built in the tidal floodplain.Consultants and contractors have worked with the Environment Agency to replace the Land Yeo outfall structure, raise and strengthen the existing Marshall's Bank and provide improvements to the water level management upstream.These works included the construction of flood and retaining walls around the new outfall with ramps tying these raised defences into higher ground and the newly raised embankment.In addition, a new tidal outfall, replacement slipway, permanent site compound, river control structure, gates, fencing and footpaths have been constructed.Local limestone has been used to face the walls in order to enhance the appearance of the new works and match the surroundings.Further tree and shrub planting to soften the appearance of the new work will take place in the winter.Environment Agency spokesman Graham Buxton-Smith said: "The scheme is fully complete and will provide a high standard of flood defence for the rest of this century."There has been a flood defence structure of some sort here since medieval times and the current outfall and flood banks needed to be updated to safeguard thousands of local homes and their residents from tidal flooding."The area is very popular with dog walkers and we have made sure that there is improved access to Marshall's Field and the coastal footpath beyond the Blind Yeo Sluice. We ensured that the public could safely continue to enjoy the area while this important work was in progress."The Blind Yeo Sluice at the south end of Marshall's Bank was refurbished in a separate £1 million project by the Environment Agency in 2004.

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