THE FIRST STAGE of a national flood management pilot scheme along the stretch of Burstwick Drain from Hedon to Saltend has resulted in noticeable changes. Contractors commissioned by the Environment Agency have used cranes, excavators and water based craft to remove silt and cut back trees, shrubs and vegetation.
The work is part of a major study which aims to show whether watercourse maintenance has any significant effect on reducing the risk of flooding.
The Evironment Agency has said that it will “systematically monitor” the impacts of this work. Project Manager, Phil Walker said:
Burstwick Drain is one of six sites around the country where we are taking a detailed and scientific look at these issues. Information from the East Yorkshire trial will be collated from the findings and previous research. We can then use that information to guide our future maintenance work and target our spending to achieve the biggest benefits.”