Stoke & Staffordshire

Gravel removal work begins to reduce River Dove floods

Removal of silt at Monks Bridge
Image caption Gravel build up under Monks Bridge could put 35 properties at risk of flooding

Work has begun to remove 600 tonnes of gravel from the River Dove in Staffordshire to reduce the risk of flooding.

A build-up under Monks Bridge near Clay Mills, Burton-on-Trent, could create flooding issues for 35 properties, the Environment Agency said.

The debris will be moved into a quarry downstream from the bridge.

The work comes ahead of an £8m Lower Dove flood risk management scheme due to start later in August.

It will provide improved flood defences at Scropton, Hatton and Egginton in Derbyshire.

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