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Flooding risk to thousands of homes

Flood woe: Tom Bantoft, 28, from Broadgate paddles on the flooded football pitches at Penwortham Holme earlier this year

Flood woe: Tom Bantoft, 28, from Broadgate paddles on the flooded football pitches at Penwortham Holme earlier this year

Fears that thousands of homes could be at risk of flooding in Preston have been raised by an environmental group.

According to figures obtained from the Environment Agency by the Friends of The Earth say 14,324 homes could be at risk of flooding in the Preston and South Ribble area, including 1,693 homes which have been judged by the Environment Agency to be at significant risk

The news comes just two months after heavy rain caused the River Ribble to burst its banks leading to widespread flooding in the area.

Dramatic images were captured of playing fields at Penwortham Holme Pavillion submerged in water and a canoeist paddled his way around Penwortham Holme football pitches.

And campaigners from Friends of the Earth have called on Lancashire MP’s to support the call for flood defences.

North West Regional Campaigner Helen Rimmer, said: “We are asking Lancashire MPs to support the call for flood defences in line with the risks posed by climate change, for more investment in renewables and to make homes energy efficient.”

County Councillor Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection, said: “We are working with partner organisations on the ground in Preston, including the Environment Agency and Preston City Council to ensure that people and properties are protected.”

Earlier this year, the village of Croston in Chorley received a £1.5 million investment to construct defences that will reduce the risk of flooding to over 459 local homes.

 

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