The Environment Agency plan to deploy temporary flood barriers in Chipping Sodbury on October, 27.

Approximately 150 metres of temporary barriers will be deployed along the riverside footpath on St. Johns Way and will be in place for one day to investigate the viability of using them in the event of a flood.

The viability test will take place from 9.30am throughout the morning, Environment Agency staff will be on site until 3pm but the test is likely to be concluded by lunchtime.

This is a rearranged date following the postponement in November 2019.

The Frome Valley Walkway at St. Johns Way will be diverted to the footway during the exercise.

Environment Agency records show that the last major floods in Chipping Sodbury were in 2000 and 1968.

The flood mapping shows that parts of Chipping Sodbury are at risk of flooding. The risk of flooding is forecast to increase in the future due to climate change.

Although a permanent flood defence scheme is not economically viable at this time, the Environment Agency is investigating the possibility of reducing the risk of flooding to up to 30 properties on St. Johns Way, Manor Way and Vayre Close with temporary flood barriers.

Temporary flood barriers are portable metal frames, with a waterproof barrier, that can be quickly deployed to reduce the impact of flooding to properties. When there is no longer a risk of flooding, the temporary barriers are put back into storage.

Environment Agency engagement staff will be on site to answer any urgent questions during the practice deployment.

The staff will be observing the latest government guidelines on social distancing that are in effect on that date. Please respect these measures to ensure the safety of everyone.

For more information visit or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

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