Environment Agency completes work on Leominster flood defences

The Environment Agency has completed work on the Leominster flood risk management scheme which will help to protect hundreds of homes from the devastating impact of flooding.

The improvements and upgrades are designed to protect 381 homes and businesses in The Marsh area of the town when heavy rain causes the River Lugg to flood.

This Environment Agency scheme has increased the height of the existing embankment and enhanced the original flood scheme which was built in 1969.

This 820m scheme seeks to fully consider the future effects of climate change and is part of the Environment Agency’s commitment to ensuring all flood defences across the country are consistent in their standard of protection.

‘Flooding has a devastating impact’

Environment Agency area operations manager Anthony Perry said:

We’re pleased to complete this work in Leominster. Flooding has a devastating impact which is why protecting people and communities is our top priority.

“We can already see the impacts of climate change in the UK and around the world.

“With this scheme we’ve upgraded and improved the existing defences to better protect communities from the future flood risk climate change will bring, greatly reducing the risk of flooding to properties most vulnerable when the River Lugg rises.”