Progress

Activity 1: Urban water flow techniques

 

Our partners from St Omer, the Institution Interdepartementale Des Wateringues, originally planned to build a pumping station in Dunkirk as part of the Floodcom project. However, it appears that the basemat (bottom) of the channel and around the channel is weaker than expected and major reinforcements have to be made in order for the channel to support the pumping station, and for the area to support trucks and machines for the building of the station. The accessibility will also be revised. These changes lead to a major underestimation of the costs of the pumping station. However, Insititution Interdepartamentale des Wateringues decided to invest the funds in an improved centralised data collection system which monitors water levels data from Calais, Dunkirk and St-Omer. This helps protect the town of St Omer from flooding and engage the community in raising flood awareness. The monitoring system is due to be completed in June 2014 and will form the basis for a case study
The Seascheldt Basin is an important waterway leading to the Port of Antwerp. The Sigmaplan aims to protect this area through the construction of controlled flooding areas and new alignments of river banks. A pumping station and a system of ring dikes are being constructed at Kruibeke near Antwerp. Floodcom is contributing funds to the construction of the pumping station and this is now complete.

Partners visited the site of the Kruibeke pumping station in September 2012 and will visit Dunkirk in March 2014. Technical exchanges have also taken place in March and December 2012.

Activity 2: Urban water retention techniques

Due to technical issues, the City of Breda will not proceed with the construction of their flood alleviation scheme in the timescale of the Floodcom project. However, their expertise is essential to the project and they continue to work with schools to engage the local community about the risk of flooding. They have undertaken design and planning work on their scheme as part of Floodcom and exchanged knowledge and expertise with Chelmsford through technical exchanges.

Although planning approval was granted for the Margaretting Flood Alleviation scheme in Chelmsford in January 2013, works could not proceed due to a Judicial Review raised by the land owner. The case was brought forward and was heard by the High Court on 4th - 6th December 2013.

At the Judicial Review, the planning permission was upheld by the High Court. Advance works on the scheme will start in early 2014.The Floodcom element of the Chelmsford scheme will be completed in the autumn of 2014 and the technical and legal issues involved will form the basis of their case study. Breda will focus on the technical issues with planning their scheme and will also explore the issue of community engagement in their case studies.

Partners visited the site in Chelmsford in March 2013 and the prospective site in Breda in September 2013. Technical exchanges also took place in April and November 2012.

Activity 3: Interactive communication techniques

The partnership is researching and designing 4 geocache activities in the project area of Wateringues (Dunkirk), Breda, Chelmsford and Hedwige-Prosper Polder. These will go live in spring 2014.

Videos of the sites are posted on the Floodcom website. The videos are used to inform the public about the work carried out at the sites and central water monitoring system, hence building community acceptance in other regions and countries.

The education activity is ready to be implemented in schools in the spring of 2014 and exchanges between the participating schools are planned. Please see the education page for more details.


Meeting in Dunkerque, March 2014

Meeting in Breda, September 2013

Meeting in Chelmsford, March 2013

Meeting in Antwerp September 2012

Meeting in Breda February 2012 - Launch

Chelmsford/Breda Technical Exchange 2

Chelmsford/Breda Technical Exchange 1

Antwerp/St Omer Technical Exchange 2

Antwerp/St Omer Technical Exchange 1