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City’s flood warning service is updated

Former Mayor of Ripon Coun David Parnaby, left, inspecting construction work on Birkby Nab dam in 2010 with Enviroment Agency Project manager Paul Scaife. (100210ARpic1)

Former Mayor of Ripon Coun David Parnaby, left, inspecting construction work on Birkby Nab dam in 2010 with Enviroment Agency Project manager Paul Scaife. (100210ARpic1)

The Environment Agency has updated the flood warning service in Ripon following the £14.4m investment in the city’s Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Using new modelling data, the Environment Agency has split Ripon’s three existing flood warning areas into five, providing more localised and specific warnings for residents.

Warning areas have also been expanded to include an additional 132 properties, and local flood warning triggers have been fine-tuned to provide even more timely warnings.

Flood Risk officer at the Environment Agency, Zoe Pattinson, said; “Following the significant investment in Ripon by the Environment Agency, it is excellent news that we are able to offer more specific warnings to the local community. The updated warnings will be of even more use to people in Ripon, giving them more localised and timely information that will allow them to better prepare for a flood, should the risk be present.

“The updates include extending the service to include properties where essential access to properties is at risk of flooding and removing other properties no longer at 
flood risk following the construction of the new flood defences.

“We have worked with Harrogate Borough Council to improve the accuracy of the warnings sent, flood warning areas been amended, increasing the timeliness of the warnings sent.”

This summer marks the second anniversary of the construction of the dam at Birkby Nab on the River Laver. The Laver Dam constricts the river flow to help reduce the amount of water flowing through Ripon and has already been used on several occasions to help reduce flood risk in Ripon.

The improvements to the flood defences reduced the risk of flooding to 548 residential properties and 96 business properties.

Some of the work that was completed in 2012 as part of the £14.4m investment included:

•The lowering ofAlma Weir to improve river flow and restore a more natural river gradient.

•New earth embankments have been built at North Bridge up to four metres high, two flood arches have been cleared of debris underneath the bridge and sections of River View Road have been raised.

·At Fisher Green, one-metre high embankments and gabion walls have been built along the river bank.

·Along Borrage Lane, an embankment was built behind 15 properties to create a continuous line of defence.

 

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