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18th November 2009

ROSS FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME OFFICIALLY OPENED

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Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for the Marine and Natural Environment, officially opened the Ross flood alleviation scheme on Monday morning saying, 'On a weekend when we have once again had torrential rain, I would like to thank Herefordshire Council and the Environment Agency for doing sterling work in flood prevention and warning. This scheme is a very practical and local illustration of the benefits of partnership working and involved a significant amount of investment from the local authority and Environment Agency to allow businesses and the people who live here to sleep soundly in their beds at night'.

The 11million pound flood alleviation scheme for Ross is now fully operational and protecting the town from flooding. Work began on the scheme in September 2007 and includes a 350m long, 2.1m diameter bypass tunnel, an earth bund east of the A40 to create a flood storage area east of the A40, two bridges, 150m of precast concrete culvert and general watercourse improvements. The system works by diverting excess water from the Rudhall Brook into the flood storage area where it is released in a controlled manner into the Chatterley Brook. Excess water at Greytree Road, where flow was restricted, is now diverted into the bypass tunnel at Kings Acre car park and flows back into the Rudhall Brook at the Homs Road car park. This arrangement makes no material change to flows in the River Wye yet it overcomes the difficulties encountered by earlier proposals for controlling the flow of excess water with minimal intrusion.


Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for the Marine and Natural Environment, officially opens the Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Graham Hillier from the Environment Agency, Council Leader, Roger Phillips, Huw Irranca-Davies, and Councillors John Stone and Brian Wilcox on Monday.

Ross Town Councillors at Monday's plaque unveiling.

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