Project to reduce floods

FLOODING risk for some residents in South Elmsall has been reduced after more than 12 tonnes of debris have been cleared from a culvert near their homes.

Environment Agency officers shifted the debris from Langthwaite Beck, which will lower risks of flooding to 38 homes in the area.

Work to refurbish the culvert started in January, and has cost in the region of £90,000 for the whole project.

The work involved clearing vegetation from the channel, repairs to the culvert walls and roof and removing tree roots that had grown through the culvert wall.

This was part of the agency’s project to overhaul and improve 800 culverts across the county.

Culverts are structures which carry water underground.

They were often built to allow development to take place around them such as roads, homes and businesses.

Many people live and work near culverts and may not even know they are there.

Project manager Glenn Fieldhouse said: “It is important for culverts to be checked regularly, because if they get blocked, they can be a significant cause of localised flooding to home owners and businesses.

“We’ve collected 12 tonnes of debris and vegetation during our work in Wakefield.

“Small watercourses like Langthwaite Beck can easily become blocked with rubbish, especially at culverts or bridges.

“This not only increases the risk of flooding but also impacts on fish and wildlife.

“If you notice any blockages in your local river please report them to us.”