Work begins on a major flood scheme in Lowdham
Work has begun on a new £26 million flood storage reservoir to better protect homes and businesses in the Nottinghamshire village of Lowdham from the devastation of flooding.
An official ground-breaking ceremony for the Lowdham Cocker Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme has taken place attended by Environment Agency officials, local MPs, councillors and members of the local flood action group.
The flood storage area is being built upstream of the village and will be able to hold up to 100,000 cubic meters of water in times when the Cocker Beck, a tributary of the River Trent, floods, holding water back from inundating the village.
Lowdham has a long history of frequent floods, most recently in 1999, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2019 and in 2020 causing distress to residents and significant damage to properties and possessions.
The scheme is expected to be completed in spring 2026 and once constructed will provide nearly £50m worth of benefits to the village and the local economy.
Construction of the scheme will involve cutting into an embankment of the Cocker Beck and using compacted soil and ultra-low carbon concrete to create a raised reservoir.
Trees will be planted on the site as well as the creation of three hectares of new woodland nearby. The Environment Agency is also working in partnership with Nottingham County Council to remove aggressive non-native plant species including Himalayan Balsam and Knotweed.
Paul Lockhart, Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager at the Environment Agency said: “We are delighted that we are now in the position of being able to commence the construction of a major Flood Alleviation Scheme to protect the people of Lowdham.
“The reservoir we are building will provide a very high level of protection against flooding to 191 properties, and it represents excellent value for money for the taxpayer.
“We would not have been able to achieve this without the long-term support of the MP for Newark, Robert Jenrick MP, our local authority partners (Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council), the members of the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, and, most importantly, the local community Flood Action Group (FLAG) and the Parish Council, who have been very supportive throughout the process.”
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