A massive, multi-million pound program to improve Burton’s flood defenses, which took two years, has finally been completed, but you would be forgiven for not having noticed many changes in some areas.
Much of the work in parts of the city took place underground where sturdy metal sheets were added and then covered with huge amounts of soil. The tarps will help ensure that houses in the city will not be flooded.
The works, carried out by the Environment Agency, cost £ 30million and started in June 2019 at Blackpool Street. Workers then upgraded defenses near Paget High School, Lansdowne Road, Burton Library, near High Street, before moving to Meadow Lane, Stretton, in the fall of last year.
These sections are now complete and the Environment Agency is now looking to work on a section of the A38 near Branston Water Park where 18 homes were flooded and concerns were raised that 300 other properties were in. danger after the floods of February 2020.
The Environment Agency has now asked East Staffordshire Borough Council to erect four signs at the back of Paget High School in Branston; between Burton Library and the Washlands; Riverside Gardens, on Wetmore Road, Burton; and next to St Matthew Street Play Park, in St Matthew Street, Burton. They will mark areas where flooding has occurred in the past and explain the new work on the city’s defenses.
Burton is protected from flooding by approximately 9 km of flood protection walls and embankments. These form a continuous line of protection stretching from the Riverside Inn, Branston, to Clay Mills, to Stretton, which have successfully protected the town from flooding caused by very high river levels.
Now that the flood upgrades are complete, signs describing the history of flooding in this area and also giving details of recent flood defense works can now be installed.
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The first sign could be installed near Paget High School detailing where flood defense begins in this section and include photographs of the various stages of the work.
The Burton Library sign is expected to include photographs of the original flood defenses built in 1964. The section of wall adjacent to the Burton Bridge was replaced in 2013, and in 2020 extensive work took place to replace the Burton Wall. ‘origin.
To achieve the flood levels needed by the library, an additional stage has been added to the existing stages of the amphitheater. The defenses then continue to the memorial gardens.
However, if proposals to move Burton Library to the Market Hall go ahead, the sign may need to be redesigned slightly in the future.
A third sign is expected to be installed at Riverside Gardens, Wetmore Lane, Burton. There is a vast floodplain across the river. These are water reserves in times of flooding. Work in 2020 was particularly difficult in this area as the Riverside Residential Park was very close to the work, a spokesperson said. A special threshing platform had to be used here. There is only one such platform in England. The fenders outside the Riverside Residential Park are sheet piles driven nine meters into the ground, he said.
Finally, a sign is to be built next to the St Matthew Street Playground at St Matthew Street in Burton.
Some of the defenses in this area date back to the 1930s.
The Environment Agency admits that the defenses may not look different from those before the 2020 works, as they have replaced much of the land. However, they now have a sheet pile buried inside the backfill. This extended their lifespan and reduced the risk of infiltration.
The Environment Agency is now turning to the A38 following the February 2020 flood.
The planned work is aimed at containing water in Tatenhill Brook by stopping the overloading of the highway drainage system, the Severn Trent Water drainage system and the creek crossing on the A38. Walls and embankments will contain water with check valves on highway drains. This will prevent water from entering the Severn Trent Water system.
Work is expected to start here in the spring or summer of this year.
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