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Work set to start on installation of flood barrier on Welney Wash Road

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A Norfolk village road will be closed for a number of weeks this summer as the base for a new temporary flood barrier is installed.

The barrier will be used to prevent water spilling from the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir into Welney village. It will replace the use of large sandbags to create a temporary barrier across Welney Wash Road, the A1101.

The barrier will be installed when the water level in the reservoir is extremely high and the road has been closed by Norfolk County Council.

A concrete slab will need to be built across the road for the barriers to slide into, requiring its closure for a few weeks. A consultation was carried out in 2020 to find out when the local community would prefer the work to be carried out. They voted to have it take place between June and September.

Between June 13 and July 19 two-way traffic lights will be in place but only as works require them. The full road closure will take place from July 20 to August 25. The road will then revert to two-way traffic lights as the footpath is re-installed from August 26 to September 16.

Nicola Oldfield, Ouse Washes project lead said: “We know the impact that flooding can have, which is why protecting people and communities is our priority.

“This is one of the final parts of a vital long-term investment and refurbishment programme to maintain the dam of the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir.

“We appreciate the length of this closure will have an impact on residents and businesses. However, we are grateful for their input during the consultation to ensure that this is minimised as much as possible.”

Clearly signposted diversion routes will be in place for the duration of the work.

Everyone should know their flood risk and sign up for free flood warnings by going to https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk or calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

The Environment Agency has launched an online virtual exhibition room to provide the local community with information about the works. The room includes links about the construction of the Welney barrier, footpath closure maps and more. It will be open until September 2022. More information can be found at: Environment Agency (eaousewashesbanks.co.uk).

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