Team completes work
on the Ouse Washes
Jackson has completed work on a multi-million pound project to raise the height of a 30km flood bank on the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
The scheme, carried out on behalf of the Environment Agency, took place over six summer seasons and improves flood protection for more than 2,000 properties and 67,000 hectares of agricultural land.
Long-term Investment
Last week an official ceremony was held to mark the end of the works. Jackson and Environment Agency colleagues attended together with local councillors and residents.
Chair of Anglian (Great Ouse) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Brian Stewart OBE cut the ribbon together with MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Steve Barclay.
Nicola Oldfield, Project Executive for the Environment Agency, said: “This has been a vital long-term investment and refurbishment programme. We know the impact that flooding can have, which is why protecting people and communities is our priority."

'The results of this work will help to protect thousands of homes and businesses in the area for years to come.'

Work on the £40m project took place during the summer seasons to avoid disturbing over-wintering birds. The area is an internationally-important habitat for wildlife and the Jackson team installed new bird hides during the project.
This summer also saw Jackson install a demountable flood barrier outside the Norfolk village of Welney. The barrier will be used to prevent water spilling from the reservoir into the village when water levels are high.
A reduced Jackson team will now stay on for a further two years to carry out maintenance work at the site to establish grass cover and ensure the stability of the newly raised bank.
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