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New flood protection reservoir for Yorkshire

Water

A new water storage reservoir is to be built in Yorkshire to protect the A1 motorway and the village of Catterick from flooding.

Construction on the £6M project will start this spring and it is jointly funded by the Environment Agency, Highways England and North Yorkshire County Council.

The reservoir will be able to hold over 400M.l of water and will be built upstream of Catterick. Construction will take about a year.

Environment Agency project manager Philip Boyes said: “We have been working closely in partnership with Highways England and North Yorkshire County Council to develop this scheme and their support has been vital in enabling us to secure the necessary funding so the work can to go ahead.

“When completed, the storage reservoir will hold flood water back so it flows more slowly down Brough Beck towards Catterick village and the new section of the A1 which is currently under construction. This will significantly reduce flood risk in the area.”

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