Gloucestershire £5.5m water works barrier complete

Work on a £5.5m permanent flood barrier to protect a water treatment works in Gloucestershire has been completed.

The floods of 2007 swamped the Mythe works in Tewkesbury leaving 350,000 people without clean water for 17 days.

Residents had expressed concern that vibrations from installing sheet pile walls could affect the Grade II-listed Thomas Telford Bridge nearby.

But engineering firm Costain said the vibration was less than that of trucks driving past.

The company was called in by Severn Trent Water to prevent problems in the event of any future flooding.

A new £9.5m pipe has already been installed between Strensham and Coombe Hill to allow Severn Trent to bypass Mythe if the works are out of action in an emergency.

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