Locals invited to drop in session for flood alleviation project near Selly Oak.

Thursday 6th December 2018

A partnership between Birmingham City Council and Severn Trent, is inviting locals to hear all about a £1 million scheme that will aim to help protect customers in Birmingham from flooding during sudden heavy downpours.

Experts will be on hand to talk about the project and what it means for people living on Weoley Avenue, near the Selly Oak area of the city.

Gareth Mead, from Severn Trent, said: “This is a real joint effort between ourselves and Birmingham City Council to really help our customers and to protect their homes from flooding.

“We’re going to be creating a sustainable drainage solution, which will help prevent flooding and provide reassurance to those living in the area during times of heavy rain and storms, and we want to meet with those who will benefit from our work to show them how we plan to do it.”

Members from the Severn Trent project team will be available at The Avenue Club and Lodge on Weoley Avenue, between 4pm and 7pm on Tuesday 11th December.

“Our work will involve us creating a natural pond-like area that will collect the surface water during heavy downpours, meaning rather than people’s homes and roads flooding, the water is directed to the pond instead.”

Severn Trent partners Mott MacDonald Bentley will be carrying out work, which is due to start in the New Year.

“It’d be great to see those people at our meeting who will benefit most from this project, so we can show them exactly how we’ll be working in the area and what benefits it will bring,” adds Gareth.