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Two high-tech screens have been installed in Iwade to boost local residents' protection against the risk of flood. And if you're reading this on Friday 6th September before 1.30pm why not head down to the outside of 32 Sheerstone at 1.30pm where there'll be a photo call and a chance to have a closer look at the new flood assets.

The Environment Agency have recently completed works to install two bespoke weed screens in the village, that will significantly reduce the risk of flooding in the local area. Approximately 50 properties in Iwade were flooded in 2000 as a result of the culvert becoming blocked, and debris in the culvert has been an ongoing problem at the site since. The new screens will significantly reduce the likelihood of flooding by preventing debris from entering the culvert whilst still allowing water to pass in a flood event.

The high-tech screens will communicate with each other via radio link, enabling them to compare water levels and automatically trigger an alarm at the Environment Agency’s office in Addington if water levels are different or unusual. One of the screens is also fitted with CCTV to enable remote monitoring.

Local wildlife will also benefit from the upgrade, as the design allows small creatures to make their way back into the watercourse after raking and before the debris is removed and disposed of correctly. There is a large water vole population downstream which the new screens will help to protect from debris and pollution.

Ian Nunn, Environment Agency Operations Manager, said: “The village of Iwade has experienced first-hand the impact that floods can have on homes and businesses, so it’s great that the new weed screens are in place and they can enjoy increased flood protection.

The Environment Agency said “The support that we have received from the local community throughout the project has been fantastic, with a genuine feeling of goodwill towards the contractors. It’s been a pleasure to work on a project that has been so appreciated by the local community.”

MP Gordon Henderson commented “I am grateful to the Environment Agency for sorting out for my constituents in Iwade this long standing problem. I very much hope that installing new weed screens will drastically reduce the risk of flooding in the village and give residents peace of mind.”

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