The Northumbrian market town of Wooler high in the Cheviot Hills experienced the worst floods for 100 years in September 2008, having already been badly flooded four years earlier in August 2004. 7 inches of rain in 5 hours caused the River Till, which flows across the border into Scotland, to burst its banks and overwhelm local flood defences.
Wooler Water, a tributary of the Till which runs through the lower part of the town flooded a large number of businesses including the local fire station. Northumberland County Council and the Fire and Rescue Services therefore decided to install flood defence systems to protect the station.
UK Flood Barriers were invited to put proposals to BT Bell, Structural Engineers from Hexham, who had completed a flood risk assessment on behalf of _space architects and their client Northumberland County Council. Water Wall was chosen to protect the appliance bay’s front and rear entrances and 2 floodshields were installed to offer protection to the stations external doors.
The appliance bay also has a maintenance inspection pit which meant that it could not be left unprotected and allowed to flood. Six backwater valves were added to the existing drainage system to prevent back-surges of floodwater entering the building into toilets, kitchen and shower rooms. The work was carried out by Fred Mence Ltd, who were appointed by the Council’s Framework Construction Contractor GB Building Solutions, and supplied by local distributor of UK Flood Barrier products and systems, James Burrell Builders Merchants.
The installation was carried out without any problems, the contractor found the UKFB Water Wall system easy to install and the client was pleased that they were able to co-ordinate the installation of the flood protection systems along with general upgrading and repairs to the station