Ten years after the Thatcham floods, construction is well under way on the second of four water retention basins designed to protect the town from similar devastating flooding happening again.
Work began on the basin to the north of Tull Way in May, and is expected to be completed this autumn.
A large earth embankment is being built that will hold back water coming down the hills to the north of Thatcham.
Unprecedented rain levels overwhelmed Thatcham in July 2007, leading to around 1,100 homes being flooded.
And to mark the recent 10th anniversary West Berkshire Council and the Thatcham Flood Forum have given an update on how work to protect the town from flooding is progressing.
Jeanette Clifford, the council’s executive member for highways and transport, said: “A great deal has been achieved in Thatcham since the terrible floods in 2007 and we have worked tirelessly with our partners to provide the best possible protection against future floods.
“We completed the first reservoir at Cold Ash Hill in 2014 and Tull Way is on schedule for completion in October.
“Two further schemes at Dunston Park and south east Thatcham are planned for next year and, subject to grant funding, we will continue to implement one scheme a year until all the proposed flood defences are in place.”
The idea for the basins came from the Surface Water Management Plan for Thatcham, which was completed in 2010.
The plan identified how a series of basins could hold surface water and then release it at a controlled rate into the sewers under Thatcham to prevent them being overwhelmed.
Iain Dunn, chairman of the Thatcham Flood Forum, said: “We are delighted with the response to our fundraising efforts to support these important flood defences.
“We continue to work closely with West Berkshire Council to raise money to ensure the flood defence projects go ahead and that the entire drainage infrastructure in Thatcham is properly maintained.
“We are extremely grateful to all the local organisations and individuals who raised £122,000 as without these important local funds, we simply would not have the £4million so desperately needed to complete Thatcham’s flood protection scheme.”