Wa­ter held back – by £7m flood scheme

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achieve a bet­ter West Lan­cashire for all its res­i­dents.”

Coun­cil leader Cllr Ian Mo­ran said: “I’d like to wel­come Ian Davis on to the coun­cil, al­beit with slight dis­ap­point­ment that Labour didn’t take yet an­other seat off the Con­ser­va­tives.”

A£7M scheme to man­age flood risk for 438 prop­er­ties in Lan­cashire is due to be of­fi­cially opened to­day, Thurs­day.

The Cros­ton Flood Risk Man­age­ment Scheme has been de­vel­oped by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency in part­ner­ship with Chor­ley Coun­cil, Lan­cashire County Coun­cil and United Util­i­ties in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Lower Yarrow Flood Ac­tion Group.

The scheme will ben­e­fit res­i­dents flooded on Box­ing Day 2015, when 344 homes and busi­nesses were af­fected.

Be­fore that, in 2012, 30 prop­er­ties in Cros­ton vil­lage flooded.

The scheme, which in­cludes an up­stream flood stor­age area on the River Yarrow and a 600mlong earth em­bank­ment, is ca­pa­ble of re­tain­ing up to 1.3m cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter – equiv­a­lent to 520 Olympic size swim­ming pools – and reduces the flood risk for prop­er­ties from 5% to less than 1% in any one year.

The chair of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA), Emma Howard-Boyd, will cut the rib­bon on the gate lead­ing to the new em­bank­ment and will be shown around the new scheme by its Cum­bria and Lan­cashire area di­rec­tor, Keith Ashcroft.

The open­ing will also in­clude a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dave Mas­sam from the Lower Yarrow Flood Ac­tion Group and Neil Forsythe from the EA.

The scheme re­ceived £5.4m of Gov­ern­ment Grant in Aid fund­ing, in­clud­ing £2.1m from the Gov­ern­ment’s Project of Ac­cel­er­a­tion and Growth (PAG) pro­gramme launched af­ter the sum­mer floods in 2012.

Chor­ley Coun­cil contributed £1m, Lan­cashire County Coun­cil £181,000 and £667,000 was re­ceived from lo­cal levy to fi­nance the scheme.

How­ever the point is be­ing made that while the risk is re­duced, peo­ple liv­ing in this and other flood risk ar­eas should sign up for flood warn­ings and be pre­pare for flood­ing by vis­it­ing www.gov.uk/flood

Mr Ashcroft said: “The vil­lage of Cros­ton has a his­tory of flood­ing, with 344 prop­er­ties af­fected in the Box­ing Day 2015 flood, 20 in 2012 and 205 in 1987 from the River Yarrow.

“We have kept the com­mu­nity up­dated through­out the con­struc­tion of the scheme, and the Lower Yarrow Flood Ac­tion Group was heav­ily in­volved through­out the project, in­clud­ing help­ing us to work with the whole com­mu­nity, who will be able to walk along the em­bank­ment as part of the open­ing event on Thurs­day.”

Hair 21 salon owner Ian Har­g­reaves out­side his shop in Cros­ton fol­low­ing the floods which af­fected the vil­lage in De­cem­ber 2015

Above, an RAF Chi­nook lifts bags to shore up the breached River Dou­glas Right, sol­diers help out on site

Cllr Ian Davis, with pa­per, is con­grat­u­lated on his elec­tion by his col­leagues

The flooded streets of Cros­ton early last year

Keith Ashcroft of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency

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