Grants are available to defend against tidal Surges
The 125-year-old flood defences protecting houses at Canal Foot in Ulverston were obliterated by a tidal surge in 2000 and several of the area’s historic homes were inundated. The sea wall was rebuilt but the houses were left vulnerable by a wide gap which was left to allow access. Homes were flooded again in January last year when high tides and strong winds battered the Furness coast.
Shaun Halfpenny, owner of Harleyside at Canal Foot said: “The whole thing was horrific and I knew it was only a matter of time before the water got in again.”
The community was given a small Government grant available to homeowners affected by the 2013/14 floods. Floodsafe Projects took on the contract alongside building company Hardy’s Services.
We assessed the flood risk and provided our client with all the options available to them for stopping another tidal surge from reaching their properties. Having discussed these, we designed and installed a bespoke, steel framed flood gate that was 3.2m wide and 1.3m high. Within five minutes the gate can be ratcheted up, swung closed, and dropped down onto its base. It was built to specification in Germany with IBS Engineered products and can withstand eight or nine nutons of pressure per metre.
These jobs don’t grab the headlines like the huge projects across the Somerset Levels or along the Thames but they can transform peoples’ lives. Seeing your home swamped by water is a truly miserable experience – even small grants can make a huge difference.
“They’ve done a really good job,” said Mr Halfpenny. “It’s a formidable piece of engineering and we’re all really impressed. It cost less than half what the Environment Agency estimated and at last we have peace of mind.”
Quatations taken from http://www.nwemail.co.uk
First published at 11:50, Friday, 30 January 2015