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£ 6.5 million flood safety program to guard property in Stoke-on-Trent

  • The program will reduce the risk of flooding for 350 homes and businesses in the heart of central Stoketown
  • Work will begin in March and should be completed by the end of 2022
  • Increased protection will enable regeneration worth 31.5 million and create up to 570 jobs

The scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding from the FowleaBrook, a 6-mile-long tributary of the River Trent, if the water level rises during heavy rainfall.

The Brookrun runs north of Longport through the heart of Stoke-on-Trent and meets the Trent between the city center and Fenton. Work is focused on the section of watercourse between Shelton Old Road and the Civic Center to make it more resilient to flooding.

Increased protection from the Fowlea Brook will enable regeneration worth 31.5 million and create up to 570 jobs

Environmental Agency Flood Risk Manager for the West Midlands, Mark Swain said:

Although properties in the area have fortunately not been flooded since 1997, there is a high risk of flash floods and water levels can rise by more than a meter, especially during summer thunderstorms such as July 2021.

This regulation will help to better protect the area from the devastating effects of flooding and make it more resilient to the effects of climate change. It will also allow the area to regenerate and help create more than 550 jobs.

Work is expected to begin in March 2022 and be completed by the end of the year.

The system will bring far-reaching benefits to the local community as 214 residential properties and 119 non-residential properties will be better protected by the new defenses. This equates to 62 million in direct damage avoided.

In addition to protecting the property, removing Aweiras as part of the design will unlock 6.5 kilometers of river for fish migration from the Trent to the upper reaches of the FowleaBrook.

The FowleaBrook program is part of the environmental authorities’ € 5.2 billion investment by 2027 in 2,000 new flood and coastal defenses to better protect 336,000 properties across England. The investment is one of the ways the Environment Agency is responding to the effects of the UK’s climate emergency, which is leading to more extreme weather conditions and heavy rainfall increasing the likelihood of flooding.

Make sure you know your flood risk by visiting the GOV.UK website or search my flood risk to sign up for flood warnings from the environmental agency, for information about the risk in your area and what to do in the event of a flood: https: // check- for flooding.service.gov.uk /.

Notes for editors

  • The Environment Agency has developed a number of solutions to reduce risk along a 400 meter stretch of FowleaBrook, including embankments, free-standing flood protection walls, sheet piling and the construction of a new section of canal. All of these construction methods are required due to the changing nature of the soil and also the adjacent land use.
  • The increased level of protection will benefit over 20 hectares of land that is currently designated as flood zone 3 but will be protected according to a higher standard. This enhanced protection will enable an estimated 31.5 million and up to 570 jobs to be regenerated.
  • The program will cost 6.5 million, largely funded by the Environment Agency Flood Defense Grant in Aid, with contributions from the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (640k) and the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (500k) Trent City Council (92k) and a private developer (50k).

You can check out drone footage from the website: Fowlea Brook

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