There are a significant number of properties at risk of flooding within Leicester from surface and river sources.
There are a significant number of properties at risk of flooding within Leicester from surface and river sources. Conventional flood defences have been constructed within urban areas to protect homes and businesses but as flooding becomes a more frequent occurrence and the severity of flooding incidents increases, policy makers and practitioners are looking for new, sustainable solutions.
The Trent Rivers Trust is working closely with the Environment Agency, farmers and other organisations to deliver small scale ‘natural flood management’ (NFM) schemes which store water and reduce the flood risk downstream. Several schemes have already been built in the Willow Brook catchment and their effectiveness is being monitored.
A larger scheme potentially working at a catchment scale is under development and it is hoped this will lead to the widespread use of NFM interventions in the Soar catchment.