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New gates for historic canal lock

For more than two hundred and fifty years Thornes Lock in West Yorkshire has helped to keep our country moving, but now it is revealing its hidden secrets.

It has been drained by the Canal and River Trust to allow the installation of new gates.

And, instead of walking across it, visitors are being offered the chance to take a peek beneath the water line. Tina Gelder reports.

Work starts on Humber flood defences

Work has started today on a £6 million scheme to improve flood defences on the Humber. It comes almost a year after more than 300 homes and businesses were devastated by the biggest tidal surge down the East Coast in 60 years.

A one metre high wall is now being built along the length of Albert Dock, which was overwhelmed with water last December, quickly spreading to neighbouring streets, with dramatic consequences. Fiona Dwyer reports:

Flood defence work begins in Hull

A £6.3 million Environment Agency scheme to improve flood defences on the River Humber at Albert Dock in Hull begins today.

Areas of the Humber flooded last year after a tidal surge

The work involves the construction of a 950-metre wall, one metre high, that will reduce the risk of flooding to hundreds of properties affected by last December’s tidal surge.

A further 600 metres of defences will be built within the Port of Hull to protect the city centre, and repairs will also be made to the Dunston Culvert, which is disused and dilapidated.

Construction is expected to be completed by June 2015.

To allow the works to take place, the TransPennine Trail will be temporarily diverted, with an access ramp provided to maintain the right of way for disabled people.

Over the past few months of planning for this scheme, we have been working closely with Hull City Council, Associated British Ports and the Local Enterprise Partnership, who have all given us excellent support. The improved flood defences at Albert Dock will reduce the risk of flooding to 300 local homes and businesses.

– Peter Toms, Environment Agency


Gritters on standby in Lincolnshire

ABOVE: Richard Fenwick, Highways Maintenance Engineer

Gritters in Lincolnshire have been making final preparations before the cold weather hits.

Gritting teams have been out on training runs and the council has stockpiled 35 thousand tons of salt to treat the county's roads - more than official government recommendations.

Flood prevention plans for River Hull

Long term plans to prevent flooding along the River Hull have been revealed. Developed over two years the £45 million project includes new lock style gates where the river meets the Humber estuary along with dredging and removing sunken abandoned boats.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will discuss plans for dealing with flooding in the River Hull valley which experts say represents the second most at risk drainage catchment in the UK.

Council chiefs will consider two key recommendations for the future dredging and re-profiling of the River Hull south of Tickton and removal of wrecks and uncontrolled structures and using the existing tidal surge barrier as a tidal sluice in the short term; constructing a new barrier adjacent to it in the longer term.

Residents express flooding concerns

Residents in the Sutton area of Hull will be able to voice their concerns about flooding today at a drop-in event held by the council's Flood Management Team. Many people in the area suffered damage in the floods of 2007, and some properties were flooded again in September 2012 and August 2014.

Many people have concerns about the drains and sewage systems backing up. It's such a concern that when ever there is heavy rain some people will move their cars to higher ground and furniture up stairs. People shouldn't have to live like this. The problem needs addressing now before it happens again. Listening to what people in the area have to say is just the start, but it is an important one.

– Cllr Terry Keal
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