Flooding is a natural part of the river cycle, rivers are not meant to be contained and connectivity with the floodplain attenuates water
Unfortunately, many people are at risk from river flooding in the Thames river basin due to homes, buildings and infrastructure being constructed on floodplains. Many traditional, hard engineering schemes are in place to help protect people and property but they are not guaranteed to prevent all river flooding. Part of the solution is to make more space for flood waters and to slow the flow of rivers at times of high rainfall. These objectives can be helped by the use of Natural Flood Management (NFM) techniques such as creating or restoring floodplains, constructing leaky dams, providing overspill areas and planting trees on slopes, especially on the tributary rivers and headwaters. All of these techniques also improve rivers for wildlife.
NFM catchment and community schemes announcement
Flood Minister Therese Coffey’s announced the successful Natural Flood Management bids on 14th July 2017 whilst at SERT’s SuDS in Sutton Schools project. The allocation of this new funding will enable 24 catchment and 34 community schemes all over the country to deliver increased flood protection through a range of measures.
“Methods such as restoring floodplains and planting trees will not only help protect families, homes and businesses from flooding, they will also bring environmental benefits to the wider area and all the people who live in these many communities”, said Minister Coffey.
The Thames catchment has 12 successful projects in the community schemes, well done to all of them!