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Flood Protection - Project Bodenham, Herefordshire

A double Flood Angel® Flood Defender™ Barrier installed to protect a rear entrance

CLIENT

The Environment Agency & Herefordshire City Council

CONTRACT PERIOD

2011

THE PROBLEM

During the summer floods of 2007 Bodenham in Herefordshire was just one of many villages across the UK affected by flooding. With drainage systems in the village simply unable to cope with continuous heavy rainfall, the flood waters had nowhere to escape, leading to surface water flooding getting into homes and leaving the ground saturated.  

As a result of flooding, the local community rallied together in support to mop up and brainstorm solutions to prevent another event of this extent happening again. The self-help group, named Bodenham Flood Protection Group (BFPG), held monthly meetings to monitor the situation and organised local social events to help raise money for flood defences.

It was three years later in 2010, that the Environment Agency announced plans to make £2m available country-wide to fund property level protection to areas with a high risk of flooding. In 2011, Herefordshire City Council were allocated funding to provide flood mitigation measures to help protect 34 properties in the parish.

Our whole encounter with UKFB from our initial meeting with Sarah Vaughan at the Droitwich Office has been exemplary. The demonstration with the water tanks, the property surveys (once we had been given the EA PLP Grant), the friendly and efficient way all the equipment was fitted and the care taken that all residents were sufficiently knowledgeable to fit and deal with their provided equipment was faultless. Further, all the "snagging" much of which was caused by residents not being as helpful as they could be, was undertaken quickly and efficiently and with good humour. We cannot praise UKFB and their team enough and have recommended them to anyone who has asked us about flood protection

Babs Mitcheson
BFPG Leader

THE SOLUTION

UK Flood Barriers welcomed members of BFPG to our headquarters to see our flood mitigation measures in action. This visit entailed a live tank demonstration showing the Flood Angel® range in a flood like situation.

Working together with Amey, UK Flood Barriers were awarded the project to survey and install flood mitigation measures to 34 homes in Bodenham. During the scheme, UKFB also worked closely with BFPG which proved to be invaluable. BFPG were able to provide local knowledge of flooding history and undertook administrative duties from Amey. This was to benefit the community of Bodenham as more time and money could be allocated to flood protection for the village.

UKFB specified a range of Flood Angel® solutions including Flood Defender™ Barriers, Anti-Flood Airbricks and Non-Return Valves.

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