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Flood Protection Bolton-On-Dearne, Barnsley

A wall mounted Flood Angel® Flood Defender™ Barrier fitted in place to a property

CLIENT

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

THE PROBLEM

Bolton-On-Dearne is a small parish village situated in Dearne Valley, Barnsley. The River Dearne flows through the town often bursting its banks whenever heavy rainfall occurs.

It was during the destructive floods of 2007 that Bolton-On-Dearne was hit badly; with local reports stating ‘The worst floods Barnsley has ever seen!’ June and July of 2007 are on record to be the wettest months since records began causing approximately £6billion worth of damage around the UK.

The small village was left in chaos and residents had to abandon their homes and belongings whilst many had to be evacuated via emergency boats. The sheer force of the water left roads and pavements unuseable, transport networks unable to run and some parts without electricity. Heavy rainfall persisted throughout June and July.

Following the devastating floods, people returned home to find furniture ruined from contaminated water leaving many residents unable to return home for up to a year whilst the intensive clean-up operation was undertaken.

THE SOLUTION

It was following these floods that the local Council decided action was required. The Environment Agency provided sufficient funding for flood mitigation measures to be installed to 66 properties that were worst hit in the area.

UK Flood Barriers were awarded the project to fit flood mitigation solutions to these 66 properties identified. An initial survey was conducted to determine the best products to use for each property, the results from each survey concluded that a range of Flood Angel® products would be used.

The products included, Anti-Flood Airbricks, Flood Defender™ Barriers, 50mm Backwater Valves, Waterstop , 160mm/110m Non-Return Valve and vent covers.

The project was split into three phases in order to accommodate all properties involved.

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