Multi-million pound flood defence scheme launched in Lancashire village

Boost: County Coun Janice Hanson, Kath Almond from the local flood group and Croston Parish Council, Coun Alistair Bradley and Andy Brown,  the Environment Agency's flood and coastal risk manager
Boost: County Coun Janice Hanson, Kath Almond from the local flood group and Croston Parish Council, Coun Alistair Bradley and Andy Brown, the Environment Agency's flood and coastal risk manager
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  • £5.8m flood defence scheme officially launched
  • Once constructed the defence will reduce flooding to 438 properties
  • The storage area will hold the equivalent of 520 Olympic-size swimming pools
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A new £5.8 million flood defence scheme for Croston was formally launched in the village yesterday.

Once the flood risk management scheme has been constructed it will reduce the flood risk from the River Yarrow to 438 properties.

As chair of the local flood group, I would still urge people to check the Environment Agency’s web pages on how to prepare for flooding.

Kath Almond - Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group

The Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group, together with representatives of the Environment Agency, the North West Flood and Coastal Committee, Chorley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and United Utilities, marked the occasion by formally signing the launch certificate for the scheme at the Old School in Croston.

This was followed by a tour around the village of some of the areas that will benefit from the scheme.

The new scheme will hold flood water back in a large storage area upstream of Eccleston Bridge.

The storage area will be able to hold the equivalent of 520 Olympic-size swimming pools of flood water.

Any flooding above the capacity of the storage area will flow back into the River Yarrow downstream of the embankment.

Kath Almond, chair of the Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group, said: “It will make such a difference to the peace of mind of people living here. “However, we are aware that you can never completely rule out the risk of flooding.

“As chair of the local flood group, I would still urge people to check the Environment Agency’s web pages on how to prepare for flooding.”

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, which plugged a £1.1 million funding gap to make sure the scheme went ahead, said: “I’m delighted that this is now moving forward because it’s something that will give real peace of mind to residents in Croston who fear the worst whenever we have really wet weather.

“We’ve put a lot of work in to make sure it gets to this stage and I’m sure residents will be keen to see work starting on site.”

United Utilities will be contributing to reducing flood risk in Croston by developing a scheme that will reduce flood risk from the sewer network.

It has also offered to contribute material for constructing the storage area embankment if any becomes available from any of their other construction work.

The Environment Agency will start work on site by the end of March and is aiming to complete the scheme by May 2016.

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