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Phase one of Paull £5.2million tidal flood defence scheme is complete

    By Nicola Watson  

PHASE one of a £5.2million tidal defence scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to properties in Paull, on the north bank of the Humber Estuary, is now complete.

A total of 2,700 tonnes of rock armour has been placed, new flood gates have been installed and the existing embankment has been raised in the second stage of the Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme (HaHFAS).

The first stage was the creation of a 520m glass tidal wall along Paull’s embankment. Construction began in March 2016 and was completed in July 2016 by contractors C R Reynolds, of Hessle. The glass tidal wall is the UK’s longest tidal defence structure.

The four-year project has raised Paull’s tidal defences to a height of 6.8m above sea level, which will reduce the risk of flooding to around 1,500 properties in the area.

The work at Paull formed Phase one of HaHFAS and was delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working in partnership with the Environment Agency, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and Hull City Council.

The scheme has been supported with £3m from  the Local Growth Fund secured by the Humber LEP through its Growth Deals with Government, in addition to £1.74m of Flood Defence Grant in aid administered by the Environment Agency, and a contribution from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The village of Paull suffered widespread flooding in 2013 caused by a tidal surge which, combined with high spring tides, resulted in record water levels.

The newly completed defences cover the full 900m length of Paull’s frontage and were designed using a physical 3D scale model, which was tested in various storm surge scenarios.

Work on the second stage, to build up the defences at either side of the glass wall, began in March 2017 and was carried out by contractors PBS Construction Ltd, of Hull.

Improvements were made by installing sheet piling and a new reinforced concrete structure over the existing tidal defences.

The rock armour was then placed against the wall at both the north and south ends of the village.

New flood gates, which were lowered in place by crane, were also installed at the village’s boat compound to the same height as the other defences.

Phase one of HaHFAS is the second major flood scheme to be completed in the East Riding, following the £14million Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme, which was completed in 2016.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and its partners will now move on to work on Phase two of HaHFAS which is scheduled over the next five years.

Phase two will be the inland stage of the scheme and, when complete, it will reduce the risk of flooding to 1,400 properties in areas of Hedon, Thorngumbald, Preston, Bilton and East Hull.

Paull Parish Councillor Bill Failey said: “Paull Parish Council is extremely pleased and happy with the work that has been carried out to defend the coastal route along the River Humber, it will hopefully protect our coastline for the foreseeable future, the work was carried out diligently and with little disruption to the village. Paull has suffered many times in the past and at times quite severely disrupting business and delivering heartache to home owners, it is hoped that these defences will keep the tide at bay for some years to come.”

Paull Parish Councillor Stephen Hulme added: “I’d like to highlight how well the contractors have worked with the village in difficult circumstances. They caused no inconvenience whatsoever. I would, as I’m sure the village would also, like to thank them for their work on this scheme.”

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I’m extremely pleased to see the completion of another of our flood alleviation schemes for the East Riding and Hull areas.

“All the partners and contractors have worked together to produce something striking and innovative here at Paull which has been well received by the local residents.

“These tidal defences, and the other flood alleviation schemes we are currently working on, are vital in helping to reduce the risk of flooding to thousands of residents and businesses in our area.”

*To view drone footage of the Paull glass tidal wall and the whole HaHFAS scheme, visit the Holderness and Hornsea Gazette Facebook page or search for @ HoldernessNews on Twitter.

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