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River Severn

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the dam on the River Severn at Shrewsbury on the flow of the River Severn and its tributaries in Montgomeryshire; and if he will make a statement. (320167)

The Environment Agency, in conjunction with Shropshire council, has assessed the potential benefits of combining a proposed road scheme with a flood storage area and dam in Shrewsbury to reduce flood risk along the River Severn.

The aim was to discover whether the combination of both schemes could make the flood storage area and dam more viable. The work carried out has shown that there are no financial savings in having a combined scheme and there are no current plans to progress the construction of a dam in Shrewsbury.

A hydraulic river model was constructed as part of this work and a copy of the report has been placed in the Library of the House.