Irranca-Davies, Minister for the Marine and Natural Environment,
officially opened the Ross flood alleviation scheme on Monday
'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'.
£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.