Construction has started on the Front Brents flood alleviation scheme at Faversham.
During unusually high tides in December 2013, flooding caused damage to a number of properties in the Front Brents area of Faversham.
To prevent a reoccurrence, the Environment Agency (EA) said that it had been working in partnership with residents, Swale Borough Council, Faversham Town Council and Kent County Council to design a scheme that significantly reduced flood risk to vulnerable properties.
The EA said that the works would consist of a clay embankment between 600mm and 800mm high. It added that the embankment would be landscaped and include openings to allow continued public access to the green and the creek itself. The openings will be sealed by timber flood barriers when required.
Construction on the scheme is expected to last for two months.
“When the works are complete, over 30 residences and businesses will benefit from protection against tidal flooding,” said Environment Agency environment manager Mark Douch.
“By working in partnership with local residents and local authorities, we have developed a cost-effective scheme which is sympathetic to the local environment. On average, for every £1 invested in protecting communities, £8 is saved in damage repair.”
Douch added that it was an EA priority to do everything it could to protect people from flooding. He went on to say that this year the organisation was on track to better protect 44,000 properties in England through its continued programme of investment in flood defence schemes.
“We are spending more than £2.3bn to build flood schemes around the country, which would better protect 300,000 homes by 2021,” he said.