Drone footage helps flood asset repairs during coronavirus pandemic

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The Environment Agency has continued to repair flood defences damaged in the February floods, prioritising those communities most at risk of flooding.

The 3 named storms in February – Storm Ciara, Dennis and Jorge – caused extensive disruption and severe impacts with many areas flooded, including parts of the Midlands.

In repairing the assets, drones were called in to play a part.

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Footage shot on drone devices was used to help with the process of planning the work and highlighting what needed to be done.

Making sure flood defences are in top shape to protect communities again is a priority for the Environment Agency and a £7.5m flood recovery programme of the repair of flood defences in the Environment Agency’s West Midlands area, damaged in the February floods is now underway.

The programme includes £300,000 maintenance of the Severnside defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

The work, which will improve the standard of flood protection to 270 properties, includes resetting the block pavers that sit under the flood barriers to reduce seepage during a flood, following damage caused during the October and February floods.

It also includes the resealing of the elements of the barrier that remain in place and the recladding of the floodwall at Gardners Meadow.

Richard Henderson, asset recovery manager for the Environment Agency, said: “During coronavirus we are continuing to maintain and operate our flood and coastal defences to ensure they protect people and property from flooding. We carry out regular checks, tests and repairs that ensure our defences can continue to reduce flood risk to homes and businesses.

“Repairing our flood defence assets in Bewdley will make a big difference to reducing flood risk to more than 270 properties.”

Adding: “The sheer volume of water in the system in the February floods put pressure on many of our flood defences. Since then, where possible, and, whilst adhering to government guidance due to the current pandemic, our teams have been inspecting defences to check for any damage and the need for any repairs, so that we can ensure they are ready for any future floods. We have also used drone footage to help with the process.”

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