Wigan’s Hydro-Brake® Flood Defences in Action

Wigan Flood Storage Area in Use

Heavy June rain put the Environment Agency’s £12million Flood Alleviation Scheme in Wigan on the River Douglas through its first major test as torrential downpours spectacularly filled its radical new flood storage area.

At the centre of the dam, just a mile from the town centre, two giant Hydro-Brake® Flow Controls successfully held back flood waters in the carefully-engineered flood storage area extending one kilometre along the steep-sided river valley.

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