Running through the West Midlands, the River Tame most notably flooded in the summer of 2007. Known as the wettest three months since records began, the river levels rose threatening homes and business from flooding. Elford was one area particularly affected; in a short period of time, flood waters were up to 4” in the streets and quickly starting to seep into homes. The atrocious weather continued in to July where over 200 residents along the River Tame were affected. According to the Meteorological Office; “Rainfall during June 2007 was 200-300% of the ‘norm’ in the Midlands area”.
In 2009 the ‘River Tame Flood Risk Strategy’ was implemented with the objective of managing risk and minimise impact. Property level protection was included in the strategy to those areas at flood risk, including Comberford and Elford.
UK Flood Barriers submitted a tender to survey and install flood defence to 23 properties in Comberford and Elford incorporating a range of Flood Angel® solutions. Awarded the contract, UKFB undertook surveys to the properties involved to identify the most appropriate Flood Angel® solution.
A listed building was amongst the 23 properties requiring flood protection. To ensure UKFB were in keeping with English heritage requirements, Flood Angel® Flood Defender™ Barriers were specified. It’s ‘invisible fixing system’ means no alterations were made to the property or its aesthetics. Anti-Flood Airbricks, 160mm/110mm Non-Return Valves, Waterstop and a supply of puddle pumps were also installed as part of the scheme.
The scheme took 4 weeks to complete.