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19th Jan, 2022

Severn Stoke set for £1.8million flood mitigation scheme

PLANS for a £1.8million flood mitigation scheme to protect homes and businesses in Severn Stoke are progressing well.

The scheme’s design, which includes an embankment being built around the south of the village and a section of the village’s Ham Lane being raised, will be completed at the end of this year with construction commencing during 2022.

Among the 18 buildings which will be protected are the Grade II listed 14th century St Deny’s Church, the 500-year-old Rose and Crown pub and the village hall.

The scheme, being developed in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and Malvern Hills District Council, will also protect the nearby A38, preventing disruption to the busy trunk road.

The community has suffered several times from significant flooding of the River Severn, including in 2007, 2012 and February 2020.

Dave Throup, the Worcester manager at the Environment Agency which is carrying out the scheme, said the organisation was grateful for the support received from both the county and district council.

“This is enabling us to deliver this much-needed scheme for Severn Stoke.

“Flooding has a devastating impact which is why protecting people and communities is our top priority.”

Coun Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, added the authority was pleased to support the scheme’s delivery in an area severely affected by flooding.

“We have been monitoring the scheme since it was first proposed and it is great news the preparations ahead of work starting on the scheme are going well.

“I look forward to seeing the progress as the scheme develops, and the benefits the scheme will have on the village of Severn Stoke once it is completed.”

The Environment Agency provides a Flood Warning Service for Severn Stoke.

Call the 24-hour Flood Line service on 0345 988 1188 for any ongoing flood related queries or advice.

Visit gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings to sign up to the scheme.

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