Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 2nd April – 12th April 2024

The following update was provided by the Environment Agency

We have been removing the top layer of the footway along Stourport Road and Kidderminster Road in preparation for the continuation of the piling. We will be remobilising early next week with the installation of the piling mats along Stourport Road and Kidderminster Road, with piling estimated to begin by the end of next week.

 

There has been considerable preparation work being undertaken in the compound this week. Significant deliveries of stone and cohesive material have been stockpiled in the compound ready for the preparation of the piling mat next to the bridge (Area 1), back fill for drainage excavations at Millside Court (Area 5), and excavations on Stourport Road (Area 3).

Our piling contractors have been fabricating steel reinforcement in the compound in readiness for piling work to come.

 

We have started to re-site the benches which were next to the bridge in Riverside North Park, and we expect this task to be finished by end of next week.

 

Cadent Gas have moved into Pleasant Harbour area (Area 0) to undertake utility diversions and are expected to be working in this area for 2 to 3 weeks. This work will require the traffic management to shift from bridge side of the carriageway to the pleasant harbour side for a period of a few days in the middle of the week next week.

River levels have been high again, which has impacted on progress this week in our preparations for future piling work.

The proliferation of underground services has been one of the biggest challenges of working in this part of Bewdley. Although we were able to identify many of the utility services prior to any excavations, undocumented services continue to be a challenge, with many private services being discovered in the working area in recent weeks.

 

Community engagement sessions

We will endeavour to provide weekly updates; however, we will not be able to answer all questions emailed to us. If you have any questions, please speak to our Environment Agency team member who will be at St Georges Hall on the following dates:

  • 16th April between 5pm – 7pm – this drop in will be at the Rowing Club on Riverside North
  • 23 April between 11:00 – 2pm

Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 18 March – 22 March 2024

The following update was provided to us by the Environment Agency

The blinding work in Area 5 (Millside Court) is now complete and work has moved into area 3 and 4 (Stourport Road) and is near to completion in this section.

Where the blinding and piling is in place in Area 5, we have now installed trench sheeting. This will allow us to reduce seepage through the defence when in place. Where the trench sheets are in place the next stage will be to burn out the sections necessary for the capping beam to follow. This will also include welding studs into these sections for reinforcement.

We are installing a surface water drainage pipe that will act as an overflow into the river. The pipe will be surrounded with clay to provide a waterproof barrier.

Work has also been undertaken on the electrical kiosk to enable us to utilise this electrical point for use in the lighting along Stourport Road.

Work is ongoing on the access for future works in Area 0 (Pleasant Harbour footpath). The stone and geo-grid has been laid down, and this work will continue into next week. Spoil generated from the rebuild of the heritage wall will be removed, and the access track will extend into Area 0 in preparation for establishment of the piling mat for works to come.

Cadent Gas works are ongoing to divert the gas main around the wall foundations, adjacent to the bridge.

Community engagement sessions

We will endeavour to provide weekly updates; however, we will not be able to answer all questions emailed to us. If you have any questions, please speak to our Environment Agency team member who will be at St George’s Hall on the following dates:

  • 26 March between 11:00 – 2pm
  • 9 April between 11:00 – 2pm
  • 23 April between 11:00 – 2pm

There will be an additional drop-in on 16 April at the Bewdley Rowing Club between 5pm and 7pm.

Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 11 March – 15 March 2024

Much of the work this week has taken place around Millside Court (Area 5). The concrete structure found as part of our excavations has been broken out and replaced with cohesive material won from other excavations elsewhere on the site, helping towards the sustainability of the scheme.

The blinding of the excavation in area 5 is now complete with work beginning next week to prepare the site for installation of trench sheets. These will allow us to cut off ingress of water into the working area for the next stage of construction.

Severn Trent Water (STW) have confirmed that it is safe to remove the previously unknown and unused manhole chamber in area 5. The removal is required because the manhole chamber is located in the middle of our flood wall alignment, and it would not be viable to work around it. In order to undertake removal safely, we need to install trench sheets to provide stability of the excavation walls.

The majority of the piles that have been installed along Stourport Road (Area 4 & 3) have been cropped and the integrity testing completed. Once all the piles are completed, the concrete blinding will commence. The completed piles in this area are now ready for concrete blinding in the coming weeks.

Further works are being completed in the Pleasant Harbour House (Area 0) section of the site to prepare the area as an access for the piling phase. Fencing is being put in place as well as root protection track matting, followed by access track and piling pads to build a route through for the Area 0 works.
Cadent Gas works adjacent to the bridge to divert the gas main around the wall foundations are ongoing.

Programme update:

Overall, the project remains close to the programme due to faster installation of piles than expected.

Community engagement sessions

We will endeavour to provide weekly updates; however, we will not be able to answer all questions emailed to us. If you have any questions, please speak to our Environment Agency team member who will be at St George’s Hall on the following dates:

  • 26 March between 11:00 – 2pm
  • 9 April between 11:00 – 2pm
  • 23 April between 11:00 – 2pm

Following the community feedback, we are also hoping to book an evening drop-in session in April. We are currently finalising the date and location, and we will provide an update to our webpage and contact our mailing list once we have this confirmed.

Environment Agency – Bewdley Flood Risk Management Project Drop in Sessions

Fortnightly drop-ins are being held until the end of April at St Georges Hall, Bewdley from 11am-2pm on 12 March, 9 April and 23 April.

Bewdley FRMS Project Update 4th – 8th March

Environment Agency – Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 4 March – 8 March 2024

Bewdley FRMS Project Update 4th – 8th March

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Environment Agency – Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update – 26 February – 1 March 2024

Please see attached update received from the Environment Agency today.

 

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Bewdley Left Bank Flood Risk Management Project Update 19th February – 23rd February 2024

The following post is provided to us by the Environment Agency.

As stated in our previous project update, while excavating for the foundations of the flood wall near Millside Court we discovered an old reinforced concrete structure. We have now started work to break out this structure, and this allows us to prepare the already piled foundations for the next stage of the foundations work.

 

All the piling around Millside Court is now complete, but some of those piles have required a casing, which will need to be cut down to the required level. This week we have been exposing these casings in preparation for future works.

 

Due to continued elevated river levels, we have been prevented from making significant progress on the scheme as a whole, and more specifically on the planned gas utility works that were due to start last week. However, these works have now started in the area adjacent to the bridge which when finished will allow us to undertake other works in this area.

 

Looking into next week, we will be backfilling the area where we have been breaking out the concrete structure near Millside Court.

Where we have been able to expose the piles that are in place, we will be cropping those piles in order to prepare for the next stage of foundations of the wall, and we will be testing the piles that are in place for structural integrity.

The gas utility diversion works will continue next week and into March in the area adjacent to the bridge.

Overall, the project remains close to the planned programme due to faster installation of the earlier piles than expected, however the long duration of the current flooding is impacting on the construction programme.

We will endeavour to provide weekly updates. If you have any questions, please speak to our Environment Agency team member who will be at St Georges Hall every other Tuesday, (starting on 12th March) between 11am and 2pm.

Environment Agency – Flood Incident Summary Sheet 22/02/2024 3pm

Please find attached the Flood Summary Sheet for Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire from the Environment Agency

The Flood Guidance Statement is currently green for Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire for the next 5 days.

Weather Summary
Over the last 24 hours we have seen a widespread 10-15mm with isolated maximums up to 25mm over the western borders. The heavy band of frontal rainfall that fell early this morning has largely cleared to the east, with moderate showers expected across the area for the rest of today. Rainfall totals for today are expected to be widespread 5-10mm, with isolated maximums of up to 20mm in the upper catchments.

Friday will see a continuation of the blustery showers moving across the area from the west, but with lower totals than today. We are expecting a widespread 2-3mm, with isolated maximums of up to 10mm for the upper catchments.

Saturday will see continued showers much the same as Friday, with similar rainfall totals. Sunday will see a new frontal system move in from the south-west by mid-morning, clearing to the east into the evening. Rainfall totals from this system are currently highly uncertain, as is the exact track of the heaviest rainfall. The coming days will bring more certainty to the forecast. Next week will see a return to drier weather from Sunday night onwards with high pressure moving in, we are expecting Monday and Tuesday to be dry currently.

Operational activity
1. Frankwell Phase 1 will be deployed tomorrow.
2. Bewdley Severn Side North Phase 1 deployed. Phase 2 loaded ready if needed.
3. Kempsey pumping station is pumping. Contingency pumps on site.
4. Upton-upon-Severn New Street and waterside gates remain closed. Dunns lane gate open.
For the remaining barrier sites, we are closely monitoring the situation and we will update you if the situation changes.

Fluvial summary
Levels are now rising again on the Lugg & Wye after dropping slightly this morning from last night’s first peak. Levels are still rising on the Upper Severn and this will work downstream over the coming days. The Teme, Lower Avon, and Lower Severn also rose this morning. Levels on the Lower Severn will remain elevated well into the weekend.

Tides
By the weekend tides are starting to build again. We are not currently expecting any tidal alerts for the Estuary but potentially some for Sandhurst and Gloucester by the weekend due to high fluvial level/tidal interaction.

We are closely monitoring the situation.

Environment Agency – Flood Incident Summary Sheet 22/02/2024 10am

Thursday band of heavy rain moving in from the west in the early hours, followed by blustery showers, however there is uncertainty in the details of this rain following – whether it will be showers or be a broader area of rain, so low confidence in the scenarios – a lot of continued variation between model runs (10-15mm average, max 35mm). Thursday morning, we may need to issue some alerts for flashy tribs in Worcestershire/Gloucestershire.

Friday and Saturday blustery and showery, but a bit more isolated by Saturday (1-5mm, max 15mm in West both days).

Sunday frontal system bringing more rain to the south, but very low confidence in the details at this stage (RWC has 10-15mm, max 25-35mm).

6-10 day outlook suggests the start of next week may see a couple of dry days, but more rain by midweek.

Operational activity

  1. Bewdley Severn Side North phase 1 deployed
  2. Kempsey pumping station is pumping.

For the remaining barrier sites, we are closely monitoring the situation and we will update you if the situation changes.

Fluvial summary

The catchment is responding to rainfall over the past 48 hours and a new set of peaks are building in the Upper Reaches of the Severn, Vyrnwy, Wye and Avon. Following the forecast rainfall from today, we will potentially see some re-rises on many watercourses during Thursday and Friday. In the best estimate scenario, the upper catchments will largely return to flood alert levels but with the Lower Severn still experiencing high river levels this may keep this section of the river above flood warning level for the rest of this week.

Tides

Tides remain low but are beginning to build in to the weekend.

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Beales Corner Flood Risk Management Project Update from the Environment Agency

We have received the following update from the Environment Agency:

Sadly river levels remain elevated and this is preventing Cadent Gas from proceeding with their planned utility diversion in Kidderminster Road, which was due to start at the beginning of the week (Monday 12 February). We expect this utility alteration to take approximately 5 weeks to complete, and will take place within the current traffic management areas.

We are continuing to monitor river levels and get the works started as soon river levels allow.