2022-11-24 15:30:26

Ouse Washes: River bank raised in 40m flood protection work

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Engineers have completed a five-year flood protection project to raise a river bank and protect more than 2,000 homes and agricultural land.

Work to raise the Middle Level Barrier Bank of the Ouse Washes flood storage reservoir in the Fens began in 2017 and cost 40m.

It had to be carried out during the summer and early autumn to avoid disturbing breeding wildlife.

The Environment Agency said its priority was protecting communities.

When full, the flood storage reservoir holds enough water to fill Wembley Stadium 22 times.

The stretch is about 19 miles (30km) long and covers an area of about 4,695 acres (1,900 hectares).

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