Work starts on installing flood barriers in at risk Solihull homes - The Solihull Observer

Work starts on installing flood barriers in at risk Solihull homes

Solihull Editorial 19th Mar, 2021   0

WORK starts this week on installing flood resilience measures on homes in the Shirley West and Blythe wards which suffered flooding in May 2018.

In each area affected residents have been offered the opportunity to have the measures such as domestic flood barriers installed, to help make their homes safer.

Residents who are part of the schemes are currently working in partnership with flood risk specialists, Watertight, appointed by the Council to complete these works and up to 74 homes could benefit from the steps.

The authority is encouraging those homeowners involved in the scheme who haven’t returned necessary agreements to return them as soon as possible so they don’t miss out.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member ­­for environment and highways, said: “It is great news that we can now get on and install equipment to make the most severely affected homes more flood resistant.

“Our contractors are talking to those residents affected and work can start this week and will be completed over the coming weeks.

“Watertight are still waiting to receive signed agreements for some of the properties and I urge those residents who want the work done to return the agreements as soon as possible.

“We are still looking for more funding so we can help residents in other areas with a risk of flooding to make their homes more flood resistant.”

For more information on the flood mitigation schemes contact the council’s drainage and flood risk management team at [email protected]


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