200 properties to be protected by new Selly Park South flood scheme

The Enviroment Agency is starting work on a brand new flood scheme in Selly Park South.

The £2.4 million project in partnership with St Andrews Healthcare and Birmingham City Council will protect some 200 homes in area.

Residents of Selly Park South have battled with flooding caused by the River Rea and surface water for years, most notably in 2008 when residents where forced to move out of their homes as a result of flood damage.

The scheme includes plans to build an embankment on public open space, immediately upstream of Dogpool Lane bridge that will help hold water during extreme rainfall. Bank levels will also be raised downstream of the bridge to reduce the risk of flood water getting into properties.

Mike Adams, Environment Agency Flood Risk Adviser, said: “This is a fantastic milestone for us, our partners and the residents that we’ve been working so closely with. The terrible impacts of flooding have been felt by the community here and so it’s great that this scheme will go a long way to helping in the future.”

Work is due to be finished by Spring 2017.

The Environment Agency is also continuing to develop the proposals for the Selly Park North and Selly Oak flood risk management scheme which secured planning permission in October 2016.

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