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Search for summer flood 'local heroes'

The Government unveiled plans last week to recognise the 'local heroes' who worked beyond the call of duty to support their communities during and after the summer’s flooding across the UK.

Floods recovery minister John Healey invited local authorities and MPs in the worst affected areas to nominate candidates to be celebrated at an official reception to be held later in the year.

It is hoped that the candidates will be drawn partly from the public services but also from those individuals who helped their neighbours and friends. Major flooding first hit the North West in June, then struck further south in July.

Engineering Heroes

A significant number of civil engineers toiled selflessly at the sharp end of the deluge.

For example, NCE readers will doubtless remember TV news footage of the Ulley Dam between Rotherham and Sheffield in Yorkshire. The dam suffered severe structural damage after one of its spillways was overtopped, leaving torrents of flood water to scour a 20m wide and 6m deep scour hole in the toe of the reservoir's embankment.

Quick thinking, hard work and solid engineering by Jim Claydon, the All Reservoirs Panel engineer overseeing the emergency response at Ulley ensured that potential disaster was averted.

Working with the fire brigade, pumps were used to lower water levels and reduce load strain on the reservoir walls while 500T of stone was filled in to stabilise the toe where the scour hole had formed.

Claydon is one of many in this industry who responded with alacrity when faced with crisis.

If you want to nominate an engineer or construction professional for recognition at this unique awards ceremony send your nominations to nceedit@emap.com and NCE will lobby on behalf of the profession.

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