The Environment Agency is beginning work with Leicester City Council on a new plan to reduce flood risk in Leicester. This follows additional funding released by the Government after last winter’s floods.
As part of the project, the Environment Agency will begin a four week programme of exploratory ground investigations early in January.
A significant area of Leicester is at risk of flooding from the River Soar or nearby smaller watercourses. In November 2012, large parts of the city narrowly avoided flooding, but we need to plan for the future. The project will also help to release the economic potential of brownfield sites currently at significant risk of flooding, whilst improving the public open spaces alongside the river.
The exploratory ground investigations will allow the project team to understand the makeup of the ground along the River Soar. Small holes will be drilled down to a depth of around 5m. Samples will be taken away to be analysed, and the land reinstated.
The ground investigations are just part of a series of surveys and investigations which will be undertaken to help shape the project. Construction of the first phase is expected in 2015.
Environment Agency Project Manager Charlie Chandler said:
“We’re really excited to be working to produce this new plan for Leicester. Together with partners Leicester City Council, we’re developing a holistic approach to reducing flood risk for the local community, as well as delivering economic and environmental benefits.”
Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said:
'I'm very pleased that the Environment Agency has chosen to put its energy and resources into reducing the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the city, as well as improving the riverside environment. I look forward to the council working closely with them to help make these improvements a reality.'
The Environment Agency will be holding public drop in events early next year where people can talk to us, and view our plans for reducing flood risk in Leicester. Further details will be provided in the new year.
More information about the exact locations of the ground investigations and the Leicester project is available here: