Birmingham will be better prepared for future storms or freak weather conditions that could lead to rising water levels, after the Environment Agency confirmed it was approving £600k worth of flood defence improvements and exploratory work on waterways within the city.
A 130m wall, or embankment, is also to be built to protect properties bordering the River Cole at Colebourne Court in Sheldon, while further funding will be spent making improvements along the course of the River Rea.
The money will be used to examine options for reducing flood risks along the River Cole and its tributaries, in areas including Nethercote Gardens, Solihull and Formans Rd, and the main river section up to Coventry Road.
Cllr Timothy Huxtable Cabinet Member for Transportation, Environment and Culture said: “These improvements will provide vital added security for people living close to waterways in the city, helping to significantly reduce the risk and potential impact on their lives that flash floods could cause.
“Crucially all the improvements will be implemented in ways that are sensitive to protecting the integrity of the waterways and will allow residents and nature to live together side-by-side without either being compromised.”
The funding was allocated at a meeting of the Environment Agency’s Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, and will be delivered by Birmingham City Council, The Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water.
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