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Harriett Baldwin repeats her request to the Environment Agency to act now in Tenbury


7th September 2008

Harriett Baldwin has once again called on the Environment Agency to do something now for Tenbury flood resilience. She renewed the calls after her visit to the town this Saturday morning where she spoke to local people.

She renewed the calls after her visit to the town this Saturday morning where she spoke to local people.

Two weeks ago she requested that the Environment Agency put in place some of the short term maintenance measures mentioned in their November 2007 draft report on flood alleviation for Tenbury. Friday's flash floods have led her to repeat this request.

Harriett Baldwin said, "The Environment Agency's report mentions some short term measures that could be afforded very soon out of the maintenance budget. These are:

On the Kyre Brook - ........some bed re-grading and the removal of vegetation from the banks between the bridge and the confluence.

On the River Teme - Removal of the island downstream of the bridge, removal of the gravel bar under the southern arch of the bridge and trimming vegetation at selected sites both upstream and downstream of the bridge.

The River Teme is a site of Special Scientific Interest and therefore Natural England will need to be consulted, but I think that these short term steps would go some way to alleviating flood risk in Tenbury. Last Friday's sudden and frightening flooding from the Kyre Brook into Market Street shows how helpful these measures could be."



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