Flood risk to Woodford residents from the River Roding has significantly decreased

The River Roding flood in 2000.

The River Roding flood in 2000. - Credit: Archant

Cllr Paul Canal believes more can be done to protect homes.

Flood protection work has significantly reduced the risk of flooding to Woodford residents.

The council, the Environment Agency (EA) and other partners, such as Thames Water, have worked to lower the flood risk of the River Roding.

The river burst its banks in 2000, flooding around 1,000 homes.

The river bank at Broadmead Baptist Church, a major cause of flooding in 2000, has been repaired, as has the embankment in Ray Park.


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The EA and council state this will reduce the chance of flooding to 1 in 75.

Woodford Bridge ward councillor, Cllr Paul Canal (Con, Bridge), said whilst the improvements were important, more could be done.

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Cllr Canal said: “I am grateful for the work done by Thames Water with the EA, but believe it should have been done sooner.”

He continued: “We are however, still at risk. The EA did not want us to build the new flats on Chigwell Road, but in view of the housing pressure, relented, with the condition they should be designed to allow water to flood in and out.”

“It is vital we allocate sufficient money to fund ongoing repair and maintenance of our river defences to protect people and property,” Cllr Canal concluded.

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