Shaw Cemetery in Newbury gets flood alleviation scheme

Shaw Cemetery Shaw Cemetery in Newbury suffered from fallen trees and flooding

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A mound of earth will help prevent graves flooding and collapsing at a Berkshire cemetery, officials say.

West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency are spending £150,000 on the earth embankment at Shaw Cemetery in Newbury.

It will retain surface water run-off from the fields above and release it at a controlled rate into the drainage system in Cromwell Road.

The cemetery closed for a day in February due to flooding in the storms.

Gravediggers had struggled to stop graves from flooding and collapsing due to high groundwater levels.

Construction work will take 12 weeks to complete, which will also protect Cromwell Road and Wellington Close where eight properties were flooded in February.

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