An independent review by Scott Wilson has found that Northampton has one of the best standards of flood defences in the country, the Environment Agency has said.
The Northampton Standards of Protection Review, published this week, is the culmination of 10 months of detailed studies by international design and engineering consultants Scott Wilson.
The review looked at the improved flood defences built by the Environment Agency in the centre of Northampton after the floods of Easter 1998. The review has confirmed that the defences continue to offer the 0.5% (1 in 200 chance) standard of protection they were designed to provide.
One of the findings of the review was that although all defences were in good condition, some sections would benefit from improvement.
This is the finding of an independent review commissioned by the Regional Flood Defence Committee, working with local people, 12 years on from flooding in the town.
The objectives of the study were to review the standard of protection both now and for the future taking into account climate change and to make any recommendations.
The flood defences which help to protect the Far Cotton and St James areas of Northampton took three years to construct and cost approximately £7M. They were completed in 2003.
During construction of the defences, existing walls were raised and new walls and embankments were built. In addition, the channel capacity was significantly improved and a number of obstructions to the flow of water were removed. A new flood warning system was also installed.
Regional Flood Defence Committee chairman Robert Caudwell said: “The findings of this in-depth report confirm that the centre of Northampton is one of the best protected areas outside of central London.
“It shows that the defences would still reduce the risk through the centre of the town from a flood with a 1 in 200 chance of happening although ongoing maintenance work will be needed to ensure this standard of protection is maintained.”