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Flood defence: £1.6m for Doncaster & £4m for Filey

Posted by: Melonie Debenham
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Flood defence: £1.6m for Doncaster & £4m for Filey 

The Environment Agency has started works to repair a 40 metre slip on a flood defence embankment in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, which was damaged by last November’s floods.

Meanwhile, construction work has started on a flood defence scheme for hundreds of properties in Filey, North Yorkshire. 

The Doncaster embankment lies between the River Don and the South Yorkshire Navigation canal at Mile Thorn in the Wheatley Park area of Doncaster, suffered from damage before and during last winter’s flood conditions. The bank slip could be at risk of destabilising the whole river bank if it is left unrepaired.

The £1.6 million works at Wheatley Park are expected to finish this month.


A large 42 tonne excavator has been transported to site using a pontoon, to help with the start of the repair works. Large barges are being used to transport materials in to repair the bank. Rock bags in engineered bays will be used to make the bank much more resistant to erosion.

Access to the site is restricted, so the Environment Agency has worked closely with Doncaster Council to set up a site compound near the site, and the Canal and River Trust has enabled teams to have access from the canal so that equipment can get to site safely.

Tony Hartley, project manager at the Environment Agency said: “This work is a significant repair job in difficult conditions, which will help strengthen this flood defence bank and reduce the risk of flooding to the local area. We’re making good progress and we’re working within strict Government guidelines to carry out this work safely.”

The repair works are being carried out by the Environment Agency’s framework contractor BAM Nuttall and their specialist contractor Waitings.

There are multiple repairs needed in the area but the most significant work is at this section where the bank has slipped. A programme of works is also in place to make repairs to other defects along the river banks.

Since the floods in November 2019, the Environment Agency has checked 650 kilometres of flood defence embankments across South Yorkshire and identified over 100 individual repairs that are required at a cost of £12.8 million, protecting around 6,000 properties.

Doncaster repair works are part of an overall £32 million package of repair works across Yorkshire, which includes the flood defence scheme in Filey.


Filey, on the North Yorkshire coast, was hit by serious surface water flooding in 2007 when torrential rainfall flooded more than 200 homes.

The Flood Alleviation Scheme will offer protection to more than 700 properties and the town's access roads. The £4.37m scheme is due to be completed in 2021.

About 80mm of rain fell in under two hours in Filey on 18 July 2007. It led to more than 200 homes being flooded and water blocking both access roads into the town.

Mayor Jacqui Houlden-Banks told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "It was absolutely horrific, most of the community was affected. We had inflatable dinghies out to get the elderly people to places of safety, we couldn't get to the infant and the junior schools to get children so people were going with boats and with waders and the lifeboat helped out to get to them."

Funding for the scheme has been made up from the Environment Agency (£2.269m), Regional Flood and Coast Defence Committee Local Levy (£1.712m), Scarborough Borough Council (£369,000) and Filey Town Council (£20,000).

The scheme involves the construction of a series of earth embankments, ditches and temporary flood storage areas at different locations around the edge of the town.

Together with new drainage channels and culverts, these are designed to catch the flows of water from surrounding land during extreme rainfall before they reach the town.

The contained water will be released slowly into the drainage system once a storm has finished. Full stories here & here.

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