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Surveys being carried out for Tadcaster flood scheme

June 29, 2020, 12:16:27 PM

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Posted on: 26 June 2020

Surveys being carried out for Tadcaster flood scheme

Surveys are taking place around Tadcaster for improved flood defences in the town. Picture: David Lindsay Photography

Contractors working on surveys for the Tadcaster flood alleviation scheme will be in the town over the coming weeks.

The Environment Agency says that it has been working with flood engineer specialists to develop the plans since the government committed to investing £9 million in the scheme last autumn.

This was in addition to the £1 million Local Growth Fund investment in the scheme through the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Hydrological and hydraulic modelling of the flood risk has already been undertaken, as well as environmental and ecological appraisals of the river, the surrounding area and its habitats.

Following the completion of the surveys, a shortlist outlining options for how the flood defence improvements could look will be published in July.

The options will consider different types of flood defences in the town, as well as the possibility of a flood storage area upstream and the use of natural flood management.

The Environment Agency says any flood alleviation scheme it creates is modelled to make sure it does not increase flood risk upstream or downstream and, if it does, that risk will be mitigated.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Agency says it is unable to hold face-to-face public meetings, so 3D visualisations and aerial computer-designed ‘fly-through’ videos of the options will be made available online.

A Tadcaster flood alleviation scheme website will also be launched soon, containing a detailed written overview of each option and a frequently asked questions section.

Nearer the end of the year, the Environment Agency says it is aiming to have a community information hub where residents can drop-in and ask questions to a staff member.

The Environment Agency says it is aiming to have a consultation on the draft final design before the end of the year.

Tadcaster suffered devastating flooding in December 2015, which resulted in part of the bridge over the River Wharfe collapsing, splitting the town in half for over a year.



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