Regular maintenance is critical to our systems for flood protection.
An annual programme for the removal of vegetation from Board maintained watercourses is in place. All high risk watercourses are cleaned every year and others are rotated on a .... year cycle.
Environmental legislation means that we would not normally undertake any work prior to 15th July each year to avoid disturbance of nesting sites. TVIDB is aware that this can be a problem when weather conditions are such that there is an increased amount of weedgrowth early in the year and water levels are high. Watercourses protecting urban areas and high risk agricultural land are, therefore, monitored regularly and, if necessary, work to clear the centre of the channel is undertaken to maintain the flow of water and ensure that properties are protected.