Beer Wall – completion in sight!
Beer Wall – completion in site!
The flood prevention works at Beer Wall on the A372 between Othery and Aller should be complete before the end of July. At least that is the forecast made today by Somerset County Council.
The three-stage Beer Wall scheme is designed to reduce flood risk in the Sowy and Kings Sedgemoor Drain river systems. Four huge culverts are being installed under the road. Each measures an impressive 2 metres tall by 3 metres wide and will allow any future flood water to pass under the A372. The works which will increase the capacity of the River Sowy, started in April and were due to be finished at the end of June/early July. But, earlier this month, the date was pushed back into August.
Following more engineering design work, it is now hoped the project could be finished early in the week beginning 20 July, with a lifting of the associated closure of the A372.
Phase 3 will be carried out by the EA and begin later in the summer. This will see the Langacre Rhyne and part of the River Sowy diverted through the new culverts to increase the capacity of the system.