Landslip means repairs needed to Doncaster flood defence

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Essential repair work is underway to repair a flood bank at Wheatley Park, near Doncaster, following a recent landslip.

The Environment Agency noticed the landslip in the embankment in winter, prompting the start of a three-phase restoration project.

The embankment separates the South Yorkshire Navigation and the River Don, where the river and canal run alongside each other to the north of Wheatley Hall Road. It forms part of a flood defence that protects homes from the Don.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “As part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance of flood defences, our officers spotted slips in the embankment at Wheatley Park. The slips deteriorated quickly and were posing an increased risk of flooding the Kirk Sandal area, so it was vital that we got the renovation works underway as soon as possible.

“The normal timeframe for designing and launching this type of construction scheme is six months, but in this case we have been able to begin works in just three months.”

The Environment Agency’s contractors, Volker Stevin - Atkins, have been stabilising the embankment with sheet piling. This work will continue until October, although the flood risk has already been significantly reduced.

The overall embankment stabilisation scheme is expected to cost £6 million. It will be carried out in three phases over 2013-14, dependent on funding.