Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Flood project winter success

A project to help protect five communities in Essex from flooding has been hailed a success.

ECFRS volunteers and the Service’s Technical Fire Safety, Duncan Lewis, have improved drainage ditches in Fambridge, Heybridge, Hawkwell, Ramsden Bellhouse and Canewdon.

This work will help to prevent future flooding as overgrown and litter strewn ditches clog up forcing water into peoples’ homes and gardens.

This winter scheme came to a finish on Wednesday, February 10, after the Service teamed up with the Probation Service to clear overgrown drainage ditches off Pudsey Hall Lane, Canewdon. The ditch clearance allows water to drain away and prevents flooding in the area.

Each day saw volunteers and local residents working together to dig up silt, cut back foliage and removing litter to allow the drainage ditches to operate at full capacity.

Station Officer Duncan Lewis said: “We have done an awful lot of work in just over a month to protect people and their homes from flooding.

“We have also been educating the community about the importance of managing waterways to help keep their and their neighbours’ homes safe.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers and partner organisations who helped made this seasons’ project such a success.”

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