Proposals to protect York from floods put forward

York Press: Flooding from the Ouse earlier this year Flooding from the Ouse earlier this year

FLOOD defences in York could be improved to protect residents from increased risks posed by climate change.

City of York Council is hoping a new study will be carried out to examine the case for upgrading and enhancing York’s defences for the future, in the light of the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

A bid has been submitted to the Environment Agency and Defra after the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee submitted its draft six-year programme of flood defence work for the period 2015/21 in the region.

A council spokeswoman said that identified within this programme were several schemes to improve defences along the River Ouse and River Foss, such as upgrades to the Foss Barrier pumps, renovation to flood gates and improvements to existing flood banks.

“Within the proposals is a new study to assess improvements to raise the existing River Ouse defences which would protect 3,800 homes,” she said.

“However, even if successful, the bid would require substantial external contributions before any works could proceed.”

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and York’s member of the regional committee, said: “Whilst York’s flood defences have helped to protect thousands of homes over recent decades, upgrades and further enhancements are going to be required given the adverse changes in weather patterns.”

The agency and Defra will review the proposals towards the end of May and agree an indicative six-year programme by the end of June.

The council has contributed £1 million towards a £4.2 million scheme with the Environment Agency to improve defences for 400 homes and businesses which is set for completion in June.

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10:14am Fri 18 Apr 14

Bailed Out says...

Can't help thinking when it comes to roads and water much could be learnt in the Netherlands. Merrett gives me no confidence at all.
Can't help thinking when it comes to roads and water much could be learnt in the Netherlands. Merrett gives me no confidence at all. Bailed Out
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11:00am Fri 18 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

There's climate change, but the same weather.

Am I getting it right?
There's climate change, but the same weather. Am I getting it right? Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: -87

11:12am Fri 18 Apr 14

petethefeet says...

As sea levels rise, the gradient of the river diminishes and this reduces it's ability to drain. So, global warming is predicted to increase rainfall (in temperate zones) but we are losing capacity to drain it away. Water has to go somewhere and building dykes in one place only increases the pressure elsewhere. The solution is to have places and capacity where the water can be 'held up' along it's path from watershed to sea and let out in a managed flow. This needs continuing investment over the coming decades.
As sea levels rise, the gradient of the river diminishes and this reduces it's ability to drain. So, global warming is predicted to increase rainfall (in temperate zones) but we are losing capacity to drain it away. Water has to go somewhere and building dykes in one place only increases the pressure elsewhere. The solution is to have places and capacity where the water can be 'held up' along it's path from watershed to sea and let out in a managed flow. This needs continuing investment over the coming decades. petethefeet
  • Score: 7

11:55am Fri 18 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Its the North York Moors and the over use, peet farming, over use of land that in thousands years passed helped soak up and slowly release rain water.
I was under the assumption that deferences planed and being built , so way another report. If theses people and government agencies had any idea, they would know the Isle that UK is on is very slowly sinking, tipping. In the short term, Raise embankments , dredge river beds, stop digging peet up. Ref the Netherlands, its reclaimed land from the sea, therefore only Inches above normal sea level, so any Climate change will effect that land .
One last thing STOP MERRETT spouting off, (The Council Department responsible for ) is a far better term that should be used. Not political person (WHO IN ALL REALITY IS JUST A FIGUREHEAD ) not the department concerned. I think if councilors with to put their names to anything, expect a personal rebuke . I rest my case...
Its the North York Moors and the over use, peet farming, over use of land that in thousands years passed helped soak up and slowly release rain water. I was under the assumption that deferences planed and being built , so way another report. If theses people and government agencies had any idea, they would know the Isle that UK is on is very slowly sinking, tipping. In the short term, Raise embankments , dredge river beds, stop digging peet up. Ref the Netherlands, its reclaimed land from the sea, therefore only Inches above normal sea level, so any Climate change will effect that land . One last thing STOP MERRETT spouting off, (The Council Department responsible for ) is a far better term that should be used. Not political person (WHO IN ALL REALITY IS JUST A FIGUREHEAD ) not the department concerned. I think if councilors with to put their names to anything, expect a personal rebuke . I rest my case... Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 7

2:55pm Fri 18 Apr 14

yourkidding says...

well spoken mr ruddock
well spoken mr ruddock yourkidding
  • Score: 5

8:27pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

Hands up anyone who knows what "peet " farming is.........
Hands up anyone who knows what "peet " farming is......... pedalling paul
  • Score: 90

11:10am Sat 19 Apr 14

E=MC^2 says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Its the North York Moors and the over use, peet farming, over use of land that in thousands years passed helped soak up and slowly release rain water.
I was under the assumption that deferences planed and being built , so way another report. If theses people and government agencies had any idea, they would know the Isle that UK is on is very slowly sinking, tipping. In the short term, Raise embankments , dredge river beds, stop digging peet up. Ref the Netherlands, its reclaimed land from the sea, therefore only Inches above normal sea level, so any Climate change will effect that land .
One last thing STOP MERRETT spouting off, (The Council Department responsible for ) is a far better term that should be used. Not political person (WHO IN ALL REALITY IS JUST A FIGUREHEAD ) not the department concerned. I think if councilors with to put their names to anything, expect a personal rebuke . I rest my case...
I didn't know that flood levels in York are influenced by sea levels, or that much of Yorks flood water originates on the North York moors.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Its the North York Moors and the over use, peet farming, over use of land that in thousands years passed helped soak up and slowly release rain water. I was under the assumption that deferences planed and being built , so way another report. If theses people and government agencies had any idea, they would know the Isle that UK is on is very slowly sinking, tipping. In the short term, Raise embankments , dredge river beds, stop digging peet up. Ref the Netherlands, its reclaimed land from the sea, therefore only Inches above normal sea level, so any Climate change will effect that land . One last thing STOP MERRETT spouting off, (The Council Department responsible for ) is a far better term that should be used. Not political person (WHO IN ALL REALITY IS JUST A FIGUREHEAD ) not the department concerned. I think if councilors with to put their names to anything, expect a personal rebuke . I rest my case...[/p][/quote]I didn't know that flood levels in York are influenced by sea levels, or that much of Yorks flood water originates on the North York moors. E=MC^2
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