Have Your Say On Severn Valley’s Water Management Plan
Local communities along the River Severn are being urged to give their views on proposals that are being considered to help both residents and businesses be more prepared and resilient to the impacts of climate change.
The emerging water management plan for the Severn Valley is intended to reduce the flooding risk from the Severn for almost 3,000 homes and businesses, exploring options such as storing flood water to reduce the amount flowing down the river during floods, as well as looking at how to store it for use when required.
Shrewsbury’s northern relief road is integral to the proposals, including the design of a road embankment that could help contain and store flood water away and upstream from the town. This new road, along with the water management strategy, could help reduce the flood risk and promote further economic development.
Climate change projections for the UK indicate that the UK will see wetter winters and drier summers, which means more intense rainfall and more flooding events.
Those living and working around the River Severn area experience both the impact of flooding but also the effects of too little water. In such times, rivers are topped up from reservoirs and groundwater sources.
As well as input from those in the local community, environmental and ground surveys will be carried out to further understanding of the areas that could be affected by the proposals.
Shropshire Council’s Mark Barrow said: “It is essential that we communicate and engage with people as soon as possible. This is a once in a generation opportunity to review what infrastructure needs to be in place to mitigate the impacts of climate change, flooding and water security.
“This is a long term proposal, so it’s critical that everyone who has a property or business that is currently at risk of flooding or is affected by flooding from the River Severn, is able to inform and shape this work.”
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