Flood defence works finish
Work to strengthen the banks of the Whittlesey Washes flood reservoir have finished a year early and nearly £10 million under budget. The budgeted £26 million Environment Agency project will help to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 250 homes in the Fens.
Guy Szomi, Environment Agency catchment engineer, said close working with partners andefficiencyofthecontractors were to thank for the speedy progress.
He added: “We are so pleased to announcethecompletion of works on the Whittlesey Washes banks so far ahead of schedule and at a significantly reduced cost than expected.
“These works mean the washes will continue to reduce the risk of flooding to hundreds of homes, roads andrailwaysinandaroundPe- terborough, as well as 8,000 hectares of farmland to the southeast of the city.”
Whittlesey Washes, also known as the Nene Washes, stores overspill water from the River Nene and plays an important part in reducing the risk of flooding during combinedhigh tides andhigh river flows.
Since work got underway in 2013, more than 300,000 tonnes of material from local quarries havebeenbroughtin and compacted to strengthen 17km of banks.