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FLOOD DEFENCE: Work begins to protect Woodlesford and Leeds

Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme at Woodlesford, pictured are Adrian Gill  Area Flood Risk Manager Environment Agency and Coun Richard Lewis by the river at Woodleaford, Leeds (SR1002/76a) Picture Steve Riding

Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme at Woodlesford, pictured are Adrian Gill Area Flood Risk Manager Environment Agency and Coun Richard Lewis by the river at Woodleaford, Leeds (SR1002/76a) Picture Steve Riding

Work has started on a project to prevent the River Aire from flooding properties.

The project in Woodlesford includes a low-level landscaped embankment, small flood walls and a storage pond.

The work comes ahead of flood defence projects in the city centre and Holbeck – which will see the replacement of the fixed weirs at Crown Point and Knostrop with moveable weirs that can be lowered in flood conditions.

Adrian Gill, Environment Agency flood risk manager, said: “As a major residential, economic and transport hub, flooding would cause disruption to the city and the surrounding area. We are therefore delighted, after many years of working with the Leeds City Council and other partners, to see the start of construction.”

 

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