Flood de­fence works fin­ish

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

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.

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