River Roding Project: Woodford community engagement

wwps-chigwell-road-floods-20001031-03River Roding flooding at the Charlie Brown’s Roundabout in 2000. Photo kindly supplied by the Woodford & Wanstead Photographic Society

The Environment Agency has announced a day of community engagement in Woodford in connection with the River Roding Project, which aims to improve local river defences.

“Heavy rain has caused the River Roding to flood the area eight times in the past 100 years: 1926, 1939, 1947, 1974, 1988, 1993, 2000 and 2007… Parts of Woodford and Ilford are at high risk of flooding,” said a spokesperson.

The project involves the construction of a flood storage area to hold back high flows upstream in rural Essex. Enhancements along the Roding Valley are also being explored, including riverside landscaping and re-naturalising the river. “This catchment approach will reduce the risk of flooding to more than 600 homes and businesses in the local area.”

Residents are invited to find out more and give their views at Woodford Station, Snakes Lane East on 17 October from 12 noon to 6pm. A similar event will take place on Ilford High Road (opposite The Exchange) on 3 October.

Call 03708 506 506

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