• Date and time: Thursday 10 November 2016, 7.30pm
  • Location: Room P/L/002, Physics
  • Admission: is free of charge and open to all. No booking required.

Event details

York Society of Engineers lecture

The Foss Barrier is one of the major flood defence assets of the Environment Agency sited on the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss in York. On the evening of 26 December 2015 the Foss barrier was lifted during one of the most severe floods in York. Over 600 properties and businesses were flooded as well as the inner ring road, telephone exchange and other key infrastructure. This presentation summarises the events leading up to that tragic night and the recovery that has happened since.

It will describe why the Foss barrier was first constructed and how it has been used successfully since its construction in 1987, and will then describe the events leading up to and then what happened on the evening of 26 December 2015. With the barrier controls being flooded and the barrier and pumping being inoperable the speakers will describe how the EA together with emergency services, contractors and the military regained operation of the barrier within 50 hours.

They will describe the plans and work being undertaken to upgrade the barrier and pumping station to ensure it can withstand a similar and greater flood than that experienced in 2015.

Tony Andryszewski and Ian Saxelby, Environment Agency