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Drainage block­ages are cleared af­ter MP stepped in over flood­ing

- BY JAMIE LOPEZ Disasters · Rosie Cooper · Newport County A.F.C. · Network Rail Route 18 · Lancashire County Council · United Utilities · Environment Agency

BLOCK­AGES in drainage near flooded homes in Burscough have fi­nally been cleared af­ter in­ter­ven­tion from Rosie Cooper MP.

Lan­cashire County Coun­cil cleared the gul­lies af­ter homes were again dam­aged by flood­ing fol­low­ing storms and bouts of heavy rain dur­ing Au­gust.

Ms Cooper was con­tacted by af­fected res­i­dents and wrote to all agen­cies in­volved with flood­ing in­clud­ing Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil, United Util­i­ties, Net­work Rail and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency.

The Labour MP has also writ­ten to the Sec­re­tary of State for the En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs to high­light the is­sues at Crab­tree Lane and call for ac­tion to re­solve the prob­lems.

In pur­su­ing the cases, the county coun­cil has re­sponded to con­firm they have now in­spected the high­way drainage on Crab­tree Lane, iden­ti­fy­ing and clear­ing a block­age in the cul­vert near the prop­er­ties, and ev­ery­thing is now run­ning clear.

West Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper com­mented: “I am pleased that Lan­cashire County Coun­cil have come and in­spected their drainage and in do­ing so found a block­age which they sub­se­quently cleared to al­low wa­ter to now flow freely through drains on Crab­tree Lane.

“How­ever, I and lo­cal res­i­dents re­main frus­trated that this in­spec­tion and clear­ance is only done as a re­ac­tion to prop­er­ties hav­ing been flooded.

“I have fur­ther writ­ten to Lan­cashire County Coun­cil ask­ing when was the last time they came to in­spect, and to in­crease the fre­quency of their in­spec­tion sched­ule es­pe­cially in ar­eas of pre­vi­ous flood­ing.

“Homes can not be al­lowed to flood while the drains out­side their prop­er­ties which could al­le­vi­ate some of that pres­sure are blocked.

“I ac­cept that this one drain won’t re­solve all the flood­ing is­sues across Burscough or even across all the prop­er­ties on Crab­tree Lane, but at the very least it will af­ford some homes pro­tec­tion some of the time, or at least buy res­i­dents time to en­act their flood de­fence mea­sures.

“I con­tinue to cor­re­spond with the agen­cies and specif­i­cally LCC and Net­work Rail about the man­age­ment and main­te­nance of cul­verts run­ning un­der the rail line, to en­sure that these are op­er­at­ing ef­fec­tively to add fur­ther flood alle­vi­a­tion to the area.”

 ??  ?? Heavy rain caused flood­ing along the A5209 be­tween Burscough, Par­bold and New­burgh and (in­set) West Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper
Heavy rain caused flood­ing along the A5209 be­tween Burscough, Par­bold and New­burgh and (in­set) West Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper

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