Flood clean-up springs into action

Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 10/01 10:28

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A MAJOR clean-up operation was in full swing this week as Worcester began its recovery from a Christmas and New Year blighted by flooding.

Receding flood waters along the River Severn have left large swathes of the riverside covered in debris and silt with city council staff charged with the task of cleaning up the aftermath.

A team of council workers began work on Monday (January 7) cleaning about five miles of footpaths and cycle ways stretching from Pitchcroft right up to the Diglis foot and cycle bridge.

David Sutton, the council's service manager for cleaner and greener, said the operation would take until next week to complete.

"It's a major job," he said.

"There is lots of debris which gets washed up so we have been removing various bits of wood, branches and all sorts of other rubbish. The main problem is silt which can be up to six inches deep in some areas."

"Our team are using snow shovels to push the silt off and then pumps and water jets to wash down the surface afterwards."

Mr Sutton urged walkers and cyclists to take care when travelling along the riverside with the deposits of silt creating slippery conditions in some areas.

"The riverside has become better and better used over the last few years with the investment the city council and their partners have put into it so it's a very popular walking, jogging and cycling route," he said.

"But obviously that means there is more to maintain and clean. We would just ask people to take care because some areas will be deeper with silt than others."

Ground staff at Worcestershire County Cricket Club have also been busy cleaning up the club's New Road ground.

Workers have been using four jet-washers to hose down the car parks, spectator seating and other areas which have been left covered in silt.

The ground's usually lush green outfield has also been left stained by a large covering of brown silt.

Chief executive David Leatherdale said: "The flooding has lingered for a couple of weeks so it has left a reasonable amount of silt behind. It does make it a little bit harder and take a little bit longer to jet wash and clean things down.

"We now need to wait for a bit of dry weather and the ground staff can start to drag the field to raise the silt and take a cut off it. It will then look totally different."

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