Stanhope flood defences improved

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The Environment Agency has announced significantly improved flood defences are being employed to safeguard the residents of Stanhope in County Durham.

Individuals keen to find out more about the project have been invited to attend a public drop-in event on August 11th at the Durham Dales Centre in Castle Gardens, where guests will be given a full rundown of the flood prevention works that are being completed by the agency in the area over the coming months.

The event will run from 15:00 to 19:00 BST and will showcase measures including plans to raise the embankment at Butts Crescent, as well as increasing the height and strength of existing walls at Butts House and Wear Terrace.

Chris Wotherspoon, project manager for the Environment Agency, commented: "This work will improve flood defences in Stanhope to provide a more uniform standard of protection from the River Wear.

"There are defences along this part of the River Wear but these offer different standards of protection, so we are looking to raise some defences and improve their general condition."

A start date for flood prevention work in the area has yet to be set, but the agency is hopeful this latest event will showcase the continuing efforts and attention that is being focused on safeguarding both homes and businesses in Stanhope from potential flood damage in the future.

One of the worst floods to have struck the area in recent years was witnessed in January 1995, when heavy rainfall caused the level of the River Wear to rise considerably.

Following this disaster, the Environment Agency carried out an in-depth analysis of potential flood prevention measures for the area and these recommendations were made a reality over the following months.

It was a positive result for the local area, as in January 2005 the River Wear reached the same level seen in 1995, but this time the defences held. However, with a growing likelihood of adverse weather for the UK and the scenes of devastation witnessed during last winter's epic floods across the country, the agency is now keen to ensure its flood protection works for Stanhope are kept up to date.

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