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Work starts on flood defence wall repairs in Malton and Norton
The repairs follow last November’s floods when heavy rain hit the area.
Although the level of the River Derwent did not reach the top of the defences, the high levels caused some areas of the existing defences to leak.
Environment Agency contractors are now preparing to start work on the brick flood wall on the Corn Mill right bank directly upstream of Railway Bridge, and the stone wall left bank, directly downstream of County Bridge.
At the Corn Mill, contractors will break out and rebuild the section of brick wall that has cracked, improve the expansion joints to minimise cracking in the future, re-point as necessary and re-bed any loose coping stones.
Downstream of County Bridge vegetation will be cleared and a stone flood wall will be re-pointed.
For the work to be done safely, one lane of Norton Road was closed from Monday for the duration of the work, which is expected to take four weeks to complete, depending on river levels and the weather.
Paul Knight, project manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We have carefully planned the work to minimise any disruption to residents and would like to thank them for their patience and support while we are doing the repairs. This work is necessary and will help to reduce any future disruption during a flood.”
The road lane closest to the footpath will be closed for the duration of the works to allow the contractors to use the footpath as working space for scaffolding and for the re-pointing work.
Pedestrians will be diverted into the closed lane. This will mean that the road will be a one-way system for the duration of the works and that people leaving the supermarket, railway station, bus station and other businesses at that end of the road will be diverted around to the north through a short diversion.
The highest known floods in Malton and Norton have been in 1947, 1999 and 2000. The £9 million Malton, Norton and Old Malton flood alleviation scheme was built after the 2000 floods and was completed in July 2003.
The defences provide protection to 311 local properties and businesses as well as helping to prevent disruption to the road and rail network.
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