By Tristan Harris Tuesday 08 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 00:12
RESIDENTS in Green Lane and Lingfield Walk, Catshill, who have seen their neighbourhoods blighted by flooding for years, will see work undertaken to alleviate the risks of wash-outs.
A new high capacity flood storage area added upstream on the Marl Brook, followed by improved culvert grilles will be implemented through a joint scheme between Bromsgrove District Council and Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht).
Then, if more needs to be done, the partnership will look at hard-standing pathways and floodgates to deflect water.
During flood conditions a weir would allow water to enter the storage pool and after peak flows subside. It will be released back into the brook slowly through a control pipe.
It is hoped the new redesigned and properly angled grilles, which are replacing the existing ones at pinch point culverts by Green Lane, will be better at preventing blockages, allowing water to flow through better without building up or flooding.
Bromsgrove District Councillor Michael Webb, responsible for environmental services, said the phased approach had been chosen after discussions about a range of options.
"There are never any guarantees when it comes to flood risk but managing the volume of water upstream should help the culverts cope better during flood conditions."
Barry Stevens, bdht's head of asset management, said he was delighted on the progress being made on the issue.
"We’re looking forward to getting started, reducing the worry for local residents," he added.
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