Water held back – by £7m flood scheme
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.”