Category Archives: Flood protection

Geodesign Barriers – worth their weight in gold

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The weather during 2015 and 2016 so far has shown that Geodesign Barriers are proving their worth, not least in the river Severn valley in England. Since 2004, the barrier have been deployed frequently in various towns along the river Severn, which, with its 220 miles is the longest river in the UK. It has its origins in the Welsh mountains, crosses the border into England and ends its journey in the Bristol Channel.

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Geodesign Barriers protecting homes and businesses in Northwest England during stormy weather and heavy rainfall

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Severe weather and strong winds meant the Environment Agency issued 12 severe weather warnings – and many more flood warnings and alerts – mainly for areas in the northwest and northeast of England, in the runup to this weekend. After a long spell of heavy and persistant rainfall on already saturated ground, rivers were swollen and roads started to experience surface flooding. The heavy rain was caused by moist tropical air, brought about by the remains of ex-hurricane Kate, which began its journey in the Bahamas. The Met Office issued an amber warning, meaning the public should be prepared to take action.

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