Final Tewkesbury flood defence work begins

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Work has begun on a project aimed at minimising the affect of flooding in Tewkesbury.

The scheme involves dismantling a disused railway embankment next to the Mythe water treatment works.

Severn Trent Water said the "essential" work would be the final flood defence work it carried out in the area.

The floods of 2007 swamped the Mythe works leaving 350,000 people in parts of Gloucestershire without clean water for 17 days.

Anthony Perry from the Environment Agency said: "The 2007 floods were the highest in Tewkesbury since at least 1760.

"Removing parts of the redundant railway embankment from the floodplain has been a strategic objective of the Environment Agency for a long time, so we are pleased that Severn Trent Water is able to do this."

Since 2007 Severn Trent has spent more than £36m on new pipelines and flood defences around the water treatment works.

The work will be carried out by engineering firm Costain and is expected to take six months to complete.

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