New funding released to protect from flooding

The National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England has identified ways in which we can adjust to the threat of flooding and coastal change. 

This includes a commitment for the Risk Management Authorities to mainstream property flood resilience measures that can reduce flood damages and enable faster recovery for local communities;

As part of this commitment, the Government has set out measures, including investment of £5.2 billion to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,00 properties in England by 2027.

The plans also include £200 million for innovative projects such as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and nature-based solutions like temporary or permanent water storage areas, which also boost wildlife.

 These will support 25 areas at risk of flooding to test and demonstrate innovative actions to adapt to a changing climate and improve their resilience.

In addition, up to £170 million is to be spent to accelerate work on shovel-ready flood defence schemes that will begin construction in 2020 or 2021.

So how can we help with protecting against flooding?

We offer a host of below ground water management solutions, which include the capture, control, conveyance, storage (attenuate), treatment and discharge (release) back into the watercourse and the major benefit of using precast SuDS solutions (Sustainable Drainage Systems) is that you can build on top of them so there is no loss of land-take.

Using a precast concrete solution minimises the growth of algae and therefore doesn’t impact on the efficiency of control systems, such as pumps and valves within the storage tank and those supplied by Marshalls CPM have a 100 year design lifecycle so will not need replacing giving you peace of mind.

For more information, please visit https://www.cpm-group.com/products/water-management/

Above ground, we offer Redi-Rock retaining walls that are designed and manufactured to suit a wide variety of floodwater projects.  These include protecting commercial properties, residential areas, highways, river ways and sea frontages.  

The natural looking stone blocks are ideal for where space is scarce or areas where water may rise to unusual levels, as they can be double sided so look great whatever side of the wall you are on. For more information, please visit https://www.cpm-group.com/products/retaining-walls/

About the Author: Louise Chouhan-Hodges

Louise joined Marshalls CPM in 2009 and has over 20 years experience in the precast concrete drainage arena.

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