Residents of Walkeringham will no longer have to worry about their homes and village being flooded again after work on an alleviation scheme, costing almost £1 million, has now begun.
The project will protect the village of Walkeringham from future flooding.
It is being funded and delivered through a partnership between the Environment Agency’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid and also includes contributions from Bassetlaw District Council, A1 Housing and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Work on the scheme began in early October and will protect around 50 homes which suffered from severe floods in 2007 and heavy rain that almost flooded the same properties again in 2012.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2017.
Chris Howard, Walkeringham resident and Chairman of the Parish Council, said: “Walkeringham is delighted that the long promised Flood Alleviation scheme has started and I know that villagers will feel a greater sense of security and a reduced threat of flooding disruption at its completion.
“The village is grateful for the persistence of the experts at Bassetlaw District Council who remained determined to complete the work despite several setbacks along the way.”
The scheme will create a by-pass channel and drain to the west of the village, which will divert flows and flood water from North Moor Road South across South Moor Road and Gringley Road to re-connect further downstream where there is adequate capacity in the main watercourse.
This will be supplemented with other flood mitigation works to watercourses and culverts across the village, such as cleaning out culverts of any blockages.