Flood barrier trial now set for new year after equipment diverted to emergency
AN exercise which was to be held in Chipping Sodbury to see if temporary barriers could be used against flooding has been postponed due to the flooding elsewhere in the UK.
The Environment Agency has confirmed that the pilot is likely to be held in the New Year ‘so that our resources (barriers) are available if required for use elsewhere’.
The 400m temporary barriers were due to have been put in place along the riverside footpath on St John’s Way on November 13, to see if they might help protect around 30 homes by the river on St John’s Way, Manor Way and Vayre Close.
However the barriers were needed as flooding hit South Yorkshire at the time.
The Frome Valley Walkway at St John’s Way will be diverted for the duration of the test when it takes place.
Flood mapping by the Environment Agency shows that the town is at risk and this is expected to increase with climate change. The last major floods in the town were recorded in 2000 and 1968.