With the construction phase completed and the scheme now operational and protecting over 200 homes and businesses in Selly Park South from flooding by the River Rea, an official opening event took place on Friday 19th February. A great example of the Environment Agency working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, St Andrews Healthcare and people in the local community.
Above: A commemorative plaque was unveiled at Christ Church Selly Park. This will soon be placed on permanent display in the vicinity of Dogpool Bridge. Pictured at the unveiling (left to right) are Mike Adams (Environment Agency Senior Flood Risk Advisor, West Midlands Area), John Clayton (Coordinator, Selly Park South Flood Action Group), Steve McCabe (MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Parliamentary Constituency)and Councillor Karen McCarthy (Selly Oak Ward, Birmingham City Council).
Below: On site at the ramp where the Rea Valley cycle route and footpath cross the eastern flood defence embankment by Dogpool Bridge. Mike Adams explains the operation of the scheme to those who came along to the opening event and included members of the SPS Flood Action Group and residents of Selly Park South.
Photographs courtesy of Ian Jones, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, West Midlands.