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The Jubilee River story - The Myrke embankment problems - 1.3m

The Myrke embankment was severely damaged by flood water in January 2003 and had to be dismantled and reinforced.

Having been rebuilt in 2004 at a cost of 1.3m the embankment is now degrading fast.

These pictures show the Myrke flood bank adjacent to the Eton Road, Datchet.

Originally substandard in design and construction, this embankment almost collapsed in the January 2003 flood event.

350m embankment dismantled and rebuilt in late 2004 - at a cost of 1.3m.

The Environment Agency is responsible for ensuring that it is properly maintained.

 

The picture below was taken on 9 January 2011 and shows the exposed geo-textile reinforcing material.

The picture below was taken on 7 April 2009 and shows the exposed geo-textile reinforcing material.

The picture below was taken on 13/4/2009 and shows the exposed geo-textile reinforcement

The picture below was taken in August 2004 during reconstruction

The picture below was taken in August 2004 during reconstruction

The picture below was taken in October 2004 during reconstruction

The picture below was taken after completion in December 2004

 

For more information:

Myrke embankment - Major repairs needed (NCE) - Aug 2004

Myrke Remedial works sign - October 2004

Breheny Contractors - Environmental Report 2004 (0.5MB.pdf)

8/2/09 - Geotextile reinforcement exposed on newly rebuilt floodbank

7/5/09 - This is what a flood bank should look like............

9/10/09 - Environment Agency - unable to build or maintain a simple flood defence!

16/10/09 - Letter to National Audit Office about Myrke Embankment degradation.

25/10/09 - What the turf specialists say

1/11/09 - Myrke bend radius problem

12/1/10 - Myrke embankment condition letter (Atkins)

30/1/10 - Myrke embankment continues to degrade (1.6 Mb panoramic image)

17/8/10 - Myrke flood bank continues to degrade

Myrke embankment rebuilt in late 2004 - total cost 1.3m

Myrke embankment condition report (Apr 2009)

Myrke Embankment Condition Report by Ian Thompson - April 2009 (about 6MB)

Myrke embankment and ditch (Feb 2011)

Myrke Embankment and Ditch - August 2011

Myrke Embankment and Ditch - October 2011