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Tuesday 2nd December 2003
Keeping back the water in Worcester
Flood defences are put up
The barriers are put up in Hylton Road
New temporary flood defences for Worcester have been tested on Hylton Road.
How the barriers work
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The barriers uses the kind of pallets used to transport goods

The are places against a network of steel supports and the whole structure covered in a waterproof plastic membrane

The barriers is kept in place by the pressure of the water
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A picture gallery of the new flood barriers being put up in Worcester.

Hylton Road in Worcester will be one of the first places in the country to use the new barriers in times of flood.

The defences are made out of wooden pallets covered in plastic sheeting, but will be moved from Kidderminster into at risk areas, as soon as flood warnings are confirmed by the Environment Agency.

On Tuesday the barriers were given a "dry-run" as they were put up along the bank of the river by the Sabrina footbridge.

Watch a time-lapse animation of the barriers going up in Hylton Road.

The actual base for the pallets consists of collapsible frames/supports made of galvanised steel. They are stored in flat-packs and when needed are unfolded and placed in the shape needed.

Pallot barrier
Pallet barrier
Once this is done, the structure is covered by a reinforced plastic membrane, to keep the water away.

There is no need for nails or screws as the whole barrier is self-anchoring.

The pressure from the water, together with the friction against the ground is enough to hold the barrier in place.

The system has been used successfully all over the world including the recent floods in Germany.
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