Minister opens award-winning flood scheme.(News)

On Monday October 2, 2006, to celebrate the completion of the award-winning 11 [pounds sterling] million Bewdley flood alleviation scheme and the regeneration of Severnside, the Minister for Climate Change and Environment, Ian Pearson IP, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Dog Lane end of Severnside North.

During the Minister's visit, the Operations Delivery Team will demonstrate how the defences are erected.

The flood defence scheme, funded by Defra in the form of grant aid, and with contributions from Severn Trent Water and Advantage West Midlands, was built following the autumn 2000 floods, when properties along Bewdley's Severnside were inundated with floodwater.

It stretches over 800 metres along the quayside and comprises 630 metres of demountable defences and 200 metres of permanent defence wall Thanks to the new defences, 175 homes and businesses on the west bank of the River Severn no longer have to live in fear of rising water levels. …

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