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WISBECH NEWS: second part of Wisbech flood wall reconstruction to start

WISBECH NEWS: second part of Wisbech flood wall reconstruction to start

Contractors working on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council are about to start work on the second phase of floodwall reconstruction at Wisbech which will help protect the town from rising water levels for years to come.

The existing river wall and cantilever road, which date from the 1930s, no longer meet modern engineering standards and the flood wall is considered to be too low for predicted future flood levels.

The work, costing £1.2 million, starts on January 23 and is expected to take around 23 weeks to complete. It will involve driving 15 metre steel piles into the river bed and construction of a new length of concrete flood wall, extending from a previous wall completed last year. Once the new concrete structure has been completed the entire flood wall will be faced with brickwork.

Local road closures will be in place, with northbound traffic diverted via the Old Market and southbound traffic re-directed along Churchill Road and the A47. Traffic marshals will be on hand during the closures to assist with parking and deliveries to local properties.

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Posted on 9 January 2012, by Cambridgeshire County Council.

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  1. I think we can all agree that the cumulative work on the roads through Wisbech is frustrating for motorists and inconvenient for everyone.

    But it is important work which has to be done – and there would never be a “good time” to do it. There would, however, be a “bad time” to do it – and that would be *after* a flood did millions of pounds worth of damage to the homes of local people!

    Elsewhere in the country we have seen floods devastate communities in recent years – leaving local authorities wishing they’d done the preventative work before it was too late.

    Here in Wisbech the work is being done before it is too late. We’ll never see the consequences of having not done it, nor have to suffer them.

    So as problematic as traffic will be for a while, we should remember that this work is vital and important and will make all our homes safer for years and years into the future.

  2. Cllr Samantha Hoy says:
    January 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    that area is being thought of with a multi million pound drainage scheme to commence soon in the north of Wisbech. This will stop some flooding but I know also the County are planning on meeting with the environment agency to discuss flood protection for the north ward which will hopefully be successful

  3. I find all this expense,even though it’s not by the Council a case of guess work protection.

    When the floods last happened back in 1978. Residents on the Waterlees Estate will tell you that the flow of flood water swept down Edinburgh Drive into Mount pleasant and Sybil Road from above Horseshoe Bend.

    There are plenty of High tide photographs taken in that area to prove that any extremely high tide, this could all happen again? The Western Banks in that area have always been high to protect the then Railway line, but nothing done on the Eastern side of the river.

    Protecting businesses in Town and not worry about the little people who will be affected is typical of Power within Society today.
    Take another look?

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