Drain work to prevent flooding risk

Flood risk: Work will start in Cliff Street, Preston today for two weeks

Flood risk: Work will start in Cliff Street, Preston today for two weeks

WORK to prevent flooding on a Preston street is due to start on Monday.

Lancashire County Council is repairing pipes and drains in Cliff Street, a residential street close to Preston centre.

The work will see four existing drains replaced, the addition of two extra ones, and the replacement of several damaged and blocked pipes.

It is being carried out as part of Lancashire County Council’s new role in coordinating activities by councils, water companies and the Environment Agency to manage the risk of future flooding.

The county council has been designated a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) after the government introduced changes to the way flood risk is managed following widespread flooding across the UK in the summer of 2007.

The end of Cliff Street forms a natural dip where water has previously collected following heavy rain. The work will ensure existing road drains are working properly and reinforce the capacity of the system which allows water to drain away.

County Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection, said: “The work on Cliff Street is just one of many projects ! the county council and partners will be carrying out over the coming years to improve resilience to flooding in Lancashire.”

County Coun Yousuf Motala, who represents Preston City, said: “Cliff Street has been left with standing water on the road in the past and I’m glad this work is being done to improve the drainage system, which should give residents some relief when the next storm comes.”

The work is expected to take around two weeks.




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