Work begins on White Horse Lane flood defences


Precautionary flood defences are to be put in place between White Horse Lane and St Ann’s Lane tomorrow (Thursday) following damage to the flood wall.

The Environment Agency engineers will be fitting the structures to reduce flood risk in the area after a 30 metre section of flood wall was damaged by the tidal surge on December 5.

A borough council spokesman said a total of 60 metres of temporary defences will be tied in with the existing wall and the works should be completed by the end of the week.

Flood Risk Partnership Manager Ian Russell said: “Our teams and contractors have been working around the clock to get repairs done. We are aiming to get all the temporary repairs finished by Christmas.

“The piling we have been doing in the area made a real difference to the existing flood wall but the surge did cause some damage and we need to put that right. The demountable defences may look dramatic but they are just one way we have of temporarily managing flood risk.”

Other works include water-proofing to reduce potential seepage and one-tonne sandbags to provide extra stability to the wall.

The council spokesman added that progress had also been made on temporary repairs to other damaged defences.

They included Environment Agency contractors completing repairs to a 40 metre hole in a flood bank at Slippery Gowt on Sunday.

Steel piles have been driven three-metres into the ground to mend the breach and 2,000 tonnes of stone has so far been placed in the hole. Teams have worked 14-hours a day using floodlights to carry out the work as quickly as possible.

Temporary repairs to a collapsed flood wall at Bath Gardens are expected to be substantially finished today (Wednesday). It is planned to re-point the rest of the wall by Christmas.

For more information, call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit

To report a flood risk call the Environment Agency’s 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 807060.