Flood-hit village gets £1.5m funding boost

Defence: A cyclist battles through floods in Croston in December
Defence: A cyclist battles through floods in Croston in December
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Hundreds of homes and businesses in a Lancashire village will benefit from a £1.5m grant to tackle the devastating effects of flooding.

The Environment Agency will use the cash to construct new flood defences in the village of Croston, near Chorley.

The village has flooded regularly in the past due to high rainfall causing the River Yarrow to overtop its banks.

Coun Terry Brown, who oversees flooding issues for Chorley Council, said: “The council has worked closely with the Environment Agency and other partners to develop a flood plan and look at measures to try and protect homes and businesses during a flood.

“To get this funding from the Environment Agency is fantastic news and we’re sure it will delight the many 
families and business owners in Croston who have suffered in previous years because of the effects of flooding.

“The council has played a key role in responding to flooding in Croston with our staff developing a flood plan, handing out sandbags to 
residents and clearing the area once the water has subsided.

“Although, flooding 
cannot be prevented, this funding will certainly help everyone involved in the local flooding groups to develop some effective flood defence measures.”

Last year, Croston flooded in June and September as more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours causing the River Yarrow to overtop its banks.

Chorley Council issued more than 1,000 sandbags on each 
occasion and was involved in the large-scale clean up after the village centre found itself under 2ft of water.

The council chairs the Making Space For Water Group, which is made up of representatives from the 
Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and United Utilities.

It is also involved in and regularly consults with the Croston Flood Action Group.

The cash is part of a £32m investment to construct and maintain flood defences across the Northwest in 2013/14.

The funding is made up of £16.6m for Environment Agency projects, £11.5m for local authority schemes and a further £3.6m from the North West Flood and Coastal 
Committee’s levy on local authorities.

Sally Sudworth, the Environment Agency’s Flood Executive for the North West, added: “The funding 
announced today will bring huge relief to thousands of families and business owners at risk of flooding in the North West.”