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Flooding prevention work set to get underway in Catshill
8:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Local
WORK to tackle flooding issues in Catshill could soon be getting underway.
Residents in Green Lane and Lingfield Walk in Catshill are set to see a new high capacity flood storage area added upstream on the Marlbrook, followed by improved culvert grills.
If required, changes will then be made to hard standing pathways.
Letters describing the proposals have been sent out to villagers, and Bromsgrove District Council say the first works will begin as soon as possible.
The new flood storage area is to be created upstream in meadow land above Lingfield Walk’s recreation area. It will absorb an estimated eight times as much water as the series of five similar pools nearby, which were recently improved.
During flooding a weir will 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.
Redesigned and properly angled grills will replace two existing vertical grills by Green Lane. The new grills will better prevent blockages by allowing water to continue to flow through without building up and flooding.
If necessary, works could then be considered for the alley to the rear of Green Lane including to reprofile the path and/or install flood gates to deflect water away.
The flood prevention work project is being jointly carried out by Bromsgrove District, Worcestershire County and Catshill Parish councils, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, and the local flood action group.
Bromsgrove District Councillor Michael Webb, the portfolio holder responsible for environmental services, said: “A range of options have been discussed in great detail and we’ve now settled on this phased approach.
“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.”
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