Around 600 Woodford Green and South Woodford homes and businesses could be flooded unless £4.4m is found

PUBLISHED: 15:37 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 29 October 2018

Woodford flooding in 2000. Picture: Redbridge Council/ EA

Woodford flooding in 2000. Picture: Redbridge Council/ EA


More than 600 properties could be flooded in South Woodford and Woodford Green unless Redbridge Council and the Environment Agency find an additional £4.4million.

The River roding project. Picture: Redbridge CouncilThe River roding project. Picture: Redbridge Council

In 2000, more than 400 properties were effected by flooding, and the River Roding project has been created to prevent £60m worth of damages in the next few years.

Despite funding from bodies totalling £10m including the council, Tesco, Transport for London and Thames Water, the project is still millions of pounds short.

“If we don’t build this project there will be an increased flood risk in Redbridge,” an Environment Agency spokeswoman said.

“Flooding will be more frequent and the impacts will be more devastating for the borough

“We are seeking contributions from external sources in addition to government funding.”

The river has a long history of flooding, and floods have been recorded on the River Roding since 1926, occurring in 1939, 1947, 1974, 1988, 1993, 2000 and 2007.

There are currently more than 1,500 properties with a “high” chance of flooding within the River Roding catchment between Stansted and the River Thames and the new proposals will reduce the risk to more than 600 homes and businesses along with key road networks and infrastructure in the Woodford Green and South Woodford areas.

The River Roding project would have reduced the risk by the construction of a new flood storage area in Shonk Mill near Chipping Ongar.

Riverbanks in Redbridge would also be refurbished and “natural, small-scale methods” would be introduced to slow the flow of water.

A flood storage area would also be created in fields by the M25.

“During heavy rainfall, the flood storage areas will temporarily hold back large volumes of floodwater,” the spokeswoman added.

“This is approximately the same size as 400 Olympic swimming pools.”

The final designs for the project are expected to be ready in 2019 with construction taking place the following year.

Redbridge Council has put in £518,000, the Thames Local Levy has put in £4.7m, the government’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid has contributed £3.8m and £933,000 has been secured in private contributions.

Engagement events will be taking place throughout the year and the Environment Agency is encouraging residents to attend and share their feedback.

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