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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY TO ASSESS FLOOD DEFENCES

For the first time ever, the Environmental Agency in the UK is going to look into the flood defences in the UK after the winter of horrific storms left thousands with damaged homes. Over the last six weeks, Agency staff from the organisation have visited over 150,000 sites across the UK.

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CULVERT INSPECTIONS

A culvert is the simple but effective structure that allows water to flow under roads, obstructions, and railway lines. They are usually covered by soil, but the choice of material used can range from pipe, to reinforced concrete as well as other materials.

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WHO PAYS THE BILL?

Home owners across the UK are mistakenly believing that when a drain becomes blocked on their premises, the water company will and should pick up the bill.

A recent YouGov poll found that in some areas of the UK, around 60% of people think this is the case.

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MAN IN AMERICA CHASES $20 INTO DRAIN

A man in America chased a $20 note which he had dropped from his pocket into a drain in Oklahoma before eventually getting stuck for two days before rescue arrived.

The man, who has not been named by the American Press, said he lives so close to the poverty line that he could not just leave the note. He was so desperate for the money that he climbed down the manhole but in the dark and different environments he got lost.

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NEW LAW SET OUT BY GOVERNMENT TO KEEP DRAINS CLEAR

In the wake of an unprecedented flooding, a new drainage law has been proposed to guard against the huge potential damage to homes and businesses, as well of course to people.

The proposed law has been put forward by Conservative Member of Parliament for Sherwood, Mark Spencer, whose constituency was badly affected by the floods in 2013, and who wants to ensure that housing developers put drainage systems in place which are ‘sufficient and fit for purpose’, with special attention paid to rural areas.

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WINNIE THE POOH TEDDY FOUND IN SCOTLAND SEWER

When we think of sewers, we associate grime and waste products, dirt and mud and a place where no-one or anything nice would want to be. In Scotland however, Scottish Water found some very bizarre objects in 2013, including a Winnie the Pooh teddy, a bike, a fax machine and a snake.

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EMERGENCY SEWER REPAIRS ACROSS ENGLAND

Colus have been involved in emergency sewer repairs across the whole of the UK as the weather takes its toll on the drainage network.

Emergency sewer repairs have taken place in Bournemouth, Hartford and north and south of the country, as blockages and the increased amount of rain, affects natural flow.

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COLUS CLIENT BARHALE WINS AWARD FOR COMMUNICATION

One of our leading clients Barhale has recently won an award for Communication Success during a complex project in the heart of London.

The emergency project was completed for Thames Water after a burst main was discovered in May of last year around the busy Notting Hill Gate area of London. Such was the extent of the project, and the effect it had on the ground around it, Barhale had to use differing messages of communication, using text and social media, to keep the general public informed of the progress and health risks.

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DRAINAGE PROBLEMS IN ROMSEY

Drains across the UK have failed to cope with the large amounts of water that has hit the south of England in recent weeks, with one of the major areas affected being Romsey.

Many homes, roads, fields and railway lines remain underwater after the Christmas and New Year’s floods, with large open fields which should be full of cattle, turned into lakes. The situation has been even worse in Romsey, where despite the floods, Councillors voted that it was ok to build 1300 homes on the land which is currently underwater.

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