Debris under Worcester Bridge "not causing a flood risk"

Worcester News: Debris under Worcester Bridge "not causing a flood risk" Debris under Worcester Bridge "not causing a flood risk"

DEBRIS which piled up under Worcester Bridge during the recent floods has appeared again.

Worcestershire County Council and the Environment Agency joined forces to clear the rubble while the road passing over the city centre landmark was closed almost a fortnight ago.

But the same is unlikely to happen this time around after the Agency said the current debris "is not causing a flood risk".

“We have an agreement with Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council and the Canal & River Trust about clearing debris from the River Severn in Worcester," said an Agency spokesperson.

"The debris currently under Worcester Bridge is not causing a flood risk."

The county council says the debris is not new and has become uncovered since water levels dropped.

"(We) fully support colleagues from our partner agencies, including the Environment Agency, to investigate any measures to help prevent future flooding and to help with the current flood recovery efforts," said Cllr Anthony Blagg, cabinet member for environment.

The county council says it "made sense" to help the Agency last time while equipment was available and bridge closure in place.

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8:29am Wed 26 Feb 14

reflector says...

But it does look very unsightly in a city keen to attract tourists. There's not much point in spending money improving the walks along the river banks and on the bridge itself, if what is under the bridge looks like a tip. Besdes which, the amount of rubbish is bound to grow again as long as what is there is acting as a filter.
But it does look very unsightly in a city keen to attract tourists. There's not much point in spending money improving the walks along the river banks and on the bridge itself, if what is under the bridge looks like a tip. Besdes which, the amount of rubbish is bound to grow again as long as what is there is acting as a filter. reflector
  • Score: 14

10:10am Wed 26 Feb 14

diglisman says...

not only is the rubbish an eyesore it is a danger to navigation and anyone unlucky enough to fall into the river, Also as it acts as a dam putting more force against the bridge what would be the cost to the City and the CC finances if the bridge became unstable or collapsed ? - this months inconvenience would be infinitesimal in comparison!
not only is the rubbish an eyesore it is a danger to navigation and anyone unlucky enough to fall into the river, Also as it acts as a dam putting more force against the bridge what would be the cost to the City and the CC finances if the bridge became unstable or collapsed ? - this months inconvenience would be infinitesimal in comparison! diglisman
  • Score: 8

10:57am Wed 26 Feb 14

Marant says...

There's no point clearing it until the water levels go down - debris dislodged in the floods is still coming down. Best and cheapest to wait until the water levels are back to normal and then clear the lot in one go, provided it's not causing a safety risk - and it appears it isn't. I doubt tourists are going to run screaming to Warwick or Cheltenham because of some wood under the bridge.
There's no point clearing it until the water levels go down - debris dislodged in the floods is still coming down. Best and cheapest to wait until the water levels are back to normal and then clear the lot in one go, provided it's not causing a safety risk - and it appears it isn't. I doubt tourists are going to run screaming to Warwick or Cheltenham because of some wood under the bridge. Marant
  • Score: 3

2:56pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Martin48 says...

Very little debris comes down on a falling river usually on a rising river. I have been using this river for over 50 years so I have seen it regularly. I think it is vital that the bridge is kept clear at all times. The depth of the rubbish which collected was, according to reports, several metres deep. If you look at pics you will see the level on the upstream side of the bridge was higher than the downstream side. A lot of unnecessary force against the bridge. Also a great hazard if someone happened to fall into the river upstream of the brdge, they would be pushed down under the debris and possibly stuck there. I know that people do not often fall in to the river very often, thank goodness, but it does happen and did happen over the last few weeks, luckily they were downstream of the bridge. PLEASE keep the bridge arches clear, whoever is responsible, which may be several different agencies.
Very little debris comes down on a falling river usually on a rising river. I have been using this river for over 50 years so I have seen it regularly. I think it is vital that the bridge is kept clear at all times. The depth of the rubbish which collected was, according to reports, several metres deep. If you look at pics you will see the level on the upstream side of the bridge was higher than the downstream side. A lot of unnecessary force against the bridge. Also a great hazard if someone happened to fall into the river upstream of the brdge, they would be pushed down under the debris and possibly stuck there. I know that people do not often fall in to the river very often, thank goodness, but it does happen and did happen over the last few weeks, luckily they were downstream of the bridge. PLEASE keep the bridge arches clear, whoever is responsible, which may be several different agencies. Martin48
  • Score: 4

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