Last remnants of the floods cleared from Worcester bridge

Worcester News: John Anyon                 29/2/14                   09145333Environment Agency clearing the last of the debris from Worcester Bridge on Saturday (4333876) John Anyon 29/2/14 09145333Environment Agency clearing the last of the debris from Worcester Bridge on Saturday (4333876)

THE last signs of the flooding were finally cleared away today as Environment Agency workers removed about 10 tonnes of debris which had collected at Worcester bridge.

Teams in two boats armed with chainsaws were out from 10.30am this morning and spent hours cutting up the larger pieces of wood and removing the collected material so the river could flow freely.

The organisation’s manager for Worcestershire Dave Throup – who became something of a local hero during the flooding for his tireless work – said his team were clearing the debris which could not be removed during the initial clearance work two weeks ago.

“There were some bits they couldn’t shift like the large pieces of tree which had twisted inside the bridge,” he said. That’s what we’re removing today.

“We hope we will be able to remove some of the bits from the river but a lot of it will just drift down on its merry way.

“We need to do it now before river levels rise again or birds start nesting in it.

“We are getting towards the end of the whole thing now.”

As well as large logs and pieces of wood, the team also removed a gas canister, a piece of railing from Worcester Racecourse and bag of fertiliser.

About 500 tonnes of debris collected at the bridge during the recent flooding but the majority of it was removed by highways officers from Worcestershire County Council two weeks ago.

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7:20pm Sat 1 Mar 14

reflector says...

Well done! I'm glad Dave Throup and Co have seen common sense and are getting it moved.

Previous reports suggested that it wasn't seen as necessary to move it and it was just going to be left which seemed crazy.
Well done! I'm glad Dave Throup and Co have seen common sense and are getting it moved. Previous reports suggested that it wasn't seen as necessary to move it and it was just going to be left which seemed crazy. reflector
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8:17pm Sat 1 Mar 14

sequencer says...

Well done those chaps. Looks like a dangerous job.
Well done those chaps. Looks like a dangerous job. sequencer
  • Score: 5

11:31pm Sun 2 Mar 14

chrism says...

reflector wrote:
Well done! I'm glad Dave Throup and Co have seen common sense and are getting it moved.

Previous reports suggested that it wasn't seen as necessary to move it and it was just going to be left which seemed crazy.
I believe the suggestion was that they were going to wait until the river level dropped a bit more (and debris stopped coming down the river, so that it didn't just build up again). Seems sensible given that it can be quite hazardous in a boat there in high flows. From what I've seen it's always been standard practice to wait until the river drops before clearing the debris - this is certainly far from the first time they've had to clear debris from the bridges (as I'm regularly out on the river in a kayak in all conditions I'm well aware of all the good work which is done to keep the river clear).
[quote][p][bold]reflector[/bold] wrote: Well done! I'm glad Dave Throup and Co have seen common sense and are getting it moved. Previous reports suggested that it wasn't seen as necessary to move it and it was just going to be left which seemed crazy.[/p][/quote]I believe the suggestion was that they were going to wait until the river level dropped a bit more (and debris stopped coming down the river, so that it didn't just build up again). Seems sensible given that it can be quite hazardous in a boat there in high flows. From what I've seen it's always been standard practice to wait until the river drops before clearing the debris - this is certainly far from the first time they've had to clear debris from the bridges (as I'm regularly out on the river in a kayak in all conditions I'm well aware of all the good work which is done to keep the river clear). chrism
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