Summer closures planned at Welney. Picture: Jackson’s Civil Engineering.

A West Norfolk village road will be closed for a number of weeks this summer as the base for a new temporary flood barrier is installed.

The barrier will be used to prevent water spilling from the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir into Welney village. 

It will replace the use of sandbags to create a temporary barrier across Welney Wash Road, the A1101.

The barrier will be installed when the water level in the reservoir is extremely high and the road has been closed by Norfolk County Council.

A concrete slab will be built across the road for the barriers to slide into. 

A consultation was carried out in 2020 to find out when the community would prefer the work to be carried out. They voted to between June and September.

Between June 13 and July 19 two-way traffic lights will be in place but only as works requires. 

The full road closure will be from July 20 to August 25. The road will then revert to two-way traffic lights as the footpath is re-installed from August 26 to September 16.

Nicola Oldfield, Ouse Washes project lead, said: “We know the impact that flooding can have, which is why protecting people and communities is our priority.

“This is one of the final parts of a vital long-term investment and refurbishment programme to maintain the dam of the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir.

“We appreciate the length of this closure will have an impact on residents and businesses. 

“However, we are grateful for their input during the consultation to ensure that this is minimised as much as possible.”

Diversion routes will be in place for the duration of the work. The Environment Agency has launched an online virtual exhibition room to provide the community with information about the works. 

It includes links about the construction of the Welney barrier, footpath closure maps and more and it will be open until September. 

Construction work is being carried out by contractors Jackson’s Civil Engineering.

Find out more at  at eaousewashesbanks.co.uk

A video showing how the work will be carried out can be found at: How the construction work along the Welney Wash Road will work on YouTube.

You can sign-up for free flood warnings at https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk Alternatively, you can also call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.