York & North Yorkshire

Weather delays Pickering flood defence scheme

Pickering Beck Image copyright Colin Grice
Image caption The town last suffered serious flooding in June 2007

Completion of a £2m flood defence scheme for a North Yorkshire town has been delayed until 2015 due to the weather.

The scheme for Pickering includes building a reservoir to store up to 100,000 cubic metres of flood water.

It was expected to be completed in November but contractors said poor weather had hampered the work.

The Environment Agency said measures already carried out would offer some flood protection for the town.

The scheme has been funded by Defra and agencies involved in the Slowing the Flow Partnership, which brings together a number of groups involved in tackling the problem of flooding in Pickering.

Jeremy Walker, chair of the group, said it was "really disappointing" news.

"The contractors decided they couldn't go on for now. They need about a six week run at it in dry weather and realistically that won't happen now until the spring," he said.

Work already completed upstream of Pickering Beck, including building small natural dams and planting trees to slow the flow of water running into the town, would offer a level of increased protection against flooding through the Winter, Mr Walker said.

The town last suffered serious flooding in June 2007.

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