Walkeringham Flood Alleviation Scheme

Around 50 homes in the village of Walkeringham have been protected from future flooding thanks to a £1M Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The village suffered from severe floods in 2007, which damaged dozens of properties, and heavy rain threatened the same properties again in 2012.

The project, which will protect a large section of the village from future flooding, has been funded and delivered through a partnership between the Environment Agency’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid, and includes contributions from Local Levy, Bassetlaw District Council, A1 Housing and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Work on the scheme began in October 2016 and was completed in May 2017, with further remedial works being completed last month.

Chris Howard, Walkeringham resident and Chairman of the Parish Council, said: “Walkeringham is grateful that its new Flood Alleviation Project has been successfully completed.

“Fear of flooding has cast a shadow over our village during the previous decade and the knowledge that considerable expertise has been used in the planning and implementation of this scheme brings confidence to our community.

“I would like to thank all partners who have been involved in this project and have now provided flood defences for our village for the foreseeable future. I’d also like to personally thank Ian Davies of Bassetlaw Council for his determination and excellent communication with myself and residents during the project.”

Cllr June Evans, Cabinet Member for Finance and Property said:

“The completion of this project will provide residents in Walkeringham with the confidence that the damaging and heart-breaking effects of flooding in their homes had been significantly reduced.

“It has taken a lot of hard work from all parties to complete this project and is the result of a significant and much needed investment by all partners and shows the Council’s commitment to our rural towns and villages.

“I’m certain these protective measures will be of great benefit to the local community and this work builds on the success of previous and ongoing flood defence schemes that Bassetlaw District Council is part of to mitigate flood risk across the district.”

Paul Lockhart, East Midlands Area Flood Risk Manager said: “Summer 2007 was the wettest on record. Between May and July just under 400mm of rain fell across the UK and it caused widespread devastation. Since then we have taken huge strides to reduce flood risk to communities by investing more than £6 billion and building over a thousand new flood defences which better protect 480,000 homes and businesses across the country.

“We’re really pleased that as part of this investment, the Walkeringham scheme is now complete to significantly reduce the risk of flooding to homes in the area. It’s fantastic that we can support communities with a level of flood protection, but residents still need to be winter ready by checking their flood risk and signing up to free flood warnings.”

Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Communities and Place, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "We are delighted to see the completion of the Walkeringham Flood Alleviation Scheme. We have been a key funding partner for this project which will help to safeguard a lot of properties from the devastation of floods and bring extra protection to this local community."

The scheme involved digging a 1.2km channel across farmland which, at its deepest is eight metres deep and measures 1.2meters in diameter. This is made up of a 550 metre open cut channel, and a 650 metres concrete culvert.

The District Council, through its partnership working with the Environment Agency and County Council, has successfully delivered past flood alleviation and mitigation schemes for risk areas at Treswell, North Wheatley, East Markham and Priorswell Road and Larwood Avenue in Worksop. 

Published: Tuesday 28 November 2017