Mum’s pop-up bridge design wins national flooding challenge award

Deborah Whittle

Deborah Whittle

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A MUM’S invention – designed to protect people, property and livestock during flash floods – has won a national award.

Deborah Whittle, of Cleadon, devised a “pop-up” bridge, inspired by a childhood game of building bridges out of plastic crates, to form a temporary road which could be used to save lives and help in rescues.

The Modular Raised Road design landed the Sunderland University student first prize in the undergraduate category of the Environment Agency (EA) Flash Flooding Challenge – and a £500 prize.


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