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Video | Pickering flood scheme combines hard and soft defences

New Civil Engineer reports from the town of Pickering and the village of Sinnington in the North York Moors to see how they are protected by a £2M flood defence scheme.

The Slowing the Flow at Pickering project is one of three pilot projects funded by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in response to the Pitt Review of the 2007 floods. This called for Defra, the Environment Agency and Natural England to work with more partners and to deliver flood risk management involving greater work with natural processes.

In the first video, Forestry Commission project manager for the scheme, Philip Roe describes how the construction of a timber mini-bund slows the flow of the River Seven to protect the town of Sinnington from flooding.

In the second video, Environment Agency flood and coastal risk management senior advisor and project manager for the Pickering scheme, Dean Hamblin, describes how a more traditional bund or “large raised reservoir” 2km upstream from the town of Pickering provides 120,000m3 of storage to protect the town.

The reservoir upstream of Pickering combines with 129 wooded debris dams and other natural measures to attenuate the flow of the Pickering Beck and protect the town from flooding. The village of Sinnington, on the other hand, is protected exclusively by natural measures such as the wooded debris dams and the timber mini-bund described above.

The Environment Agency is studying whether the £2M flood protection scheme is the reason why Pickering and Sinnington remained dry while other areas in the county suffered severe flooding during last December’s extreme rainfall.

To read the full article describing the Slowing the Flow in Pickering project, click here.

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