|Most of the work will be undertaken by our appointed contractor Team Van Oord (TVO). We've worked with TVO many times, including during the flooding when we appointed them to install and operate the big temporary pumps at Dunball, Huntworth and Beer Wall. TVO can provide the necessary level of engineering and structural know-how to carry out this large number of projects to a tight timescale.
The repair programme means putting back assets to their pre-flood condition. There will be some places where making additional improvements at the same time as the repairs would seem more sensible. Where this is the case and generally where we will still be able to make sure the asset is in working order before winter, we will look for additional funding to enhance the repairs. We won't be able to do this if it will delay our pre-winter deadline though.
We're aiming to complete all the improvements by the end of October 2014. You'll see that is a very short deadline so we'll have to manage the programme carefully.
Some of the main projects we'll be working on this summer are:
- Bank repairs due to erosion, risk of over-topping low points, and wave action damage along stretches of
1. the tidal River Parrett up to the area around Langport and including the banks
2. the River Tone up to Knapp;
3. the Rivers Yeo, Isle, and Parrett above Langport, and the Westport Canal;
4. the Rivers Brue and Axe.
You'll have seen earlier in this update that work starts this week on Northmoor Pumping Station.
- Repairs to several pumping stations, including Huish Episcopi/Ablake, Saltmoor and Long Load.
* 'Assets' are flood protection/defence structures in this context we mean banks, pumping stations, sluices, gates and other mechanisms we own.