The River Severn has suffered from extensive flooding to a large number of communities right along its length throughout history, most recently in November 2019 and February 2020, and notably in 2007, 2000 and 1990.
Communities are at risk of flooding from the River Severn and many of its tributaries, with direct impacts on homes and businesses. The local economy also suffers indirectly, with a number of transport links and commuter routes through towns and cities being affected when flooding occurs. We're looking into developing a scheme to reduce the risk of flooding on the upper Severn.
At this very early stage in the process we predict that the scheme, when complete, will reduce the risk of flooding to approximately 3000 homes and businesses. It also aims to help with the provision of vital water resources for agriculture and drinking water supplies in times of dry weather.
For the latest information on this scheme please visit the Environment Agency website.