Civil engineering contractor Jackson has just announced the start of flood control structure preparation at Perry Barr & Witton.The company has diverted the River Tame through a temporary river channel in preparation for the new flood control structure.The team diverted the flow through a temporary excavated south channel by installing a GeoDam at the upstream mouth of the diversion and a clay bund at the downstream mouth, reported Jackson.The company also added that the GeoDam was filled with water, blocking the river’s flow forcing the water through the south channel and the pipe bridge crossing before exiting back into the River Tame.A team from the Environment Agency Fisheries also performed a ‘fish rescue’ service between the two dams, catching over 500 fish and releasing them further downstream.The diversion will allow for the piling of the cofferdam, which will provide a dry working space for the control structure. Once the control structure is completed the diversion will be backfilled and the river allowed to return to its original course.The £32 million project will hold 1.7 million cubic meters of water and reduce flood risk for 1,400 properties currently at risk of flooding from the River Tame.
Press Association “It depends on how well it goes. I’m preparing myself mentally that I won’t play again this season, so if I come back earlier then it’s a bonus. “I was in the gym doing some exercises like I normally do, but just went a bit too far with one of them and unfortunately I dislocated my shoulder. “I’d have been frustrated if I had done it on the pitch, so to do it in the gym made it even more frustrating. “I had the operation about two weeks ago and it has settled down. I’m progressing with my rehab and getting more movement and hopefully I can get back as soon as I can. “When you look at the fixtures, we have got quite winnable games, so I am confident the lads can get a lot of points from them with the squad we have got. “I hope the lads stay injury-free and can push on and secure at least a top-half finish – that’s definitely our aim.” Tomkins dislocated his shoulder in the gym last month and has undergone successful surgery. “Hopefully it will not set me back and I will be able to play a couple of games before the end of the season, you never know,” he said on whufc.com. James Tomkins hopes to return to action with West Ham before the end of the season, but the defender knows his campaign may be over.