Environment Agency expands its flood warning service in Rossendale

Environment Agency's flood map
Environment Agency's flood map
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The Environment Agency has extended its free direct flood warning service to more homes and businesses in Crawshawbooth, Rossendale. This is in response to flooding in summer 2012 where a number of businesses and properties were affected.

The Environment Agency and National Flood Forum have been working closely with Rossendale Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, united Utilities and the Local Community to address flood risk in this location.

Areas at risk by Folly Clough Brook at Crawshawbooth include properties along Burnley Road, between Adelaide Street and Forest Bank Road. This includes Britannia Mill, Quakers Friend Meeting House and Mansion House Buildings, parts of Water Street and the library on Adelaide Street.

Floodline Warnings Direct is a free government service that gives advance warning of flooding via phone, text, email, pager or fax. The Environment Agency is urging homes and businesses to sign up and take advantage of the service.

Caroline Berry, Environment Agency Flood Resilience Team Leader, said: “Anyone who has experienced flooding will confirm the stress, disruption and grief that can be caused, as well as the physical danger. We all hope it doesn’t happen to us but we are better off prepared than not.

“We encourage everyone to visit our website or call Floodline to find out if they are at risk and sign up for warnings if they are eligible. By issuing warnings when flooding is expected, we hope to give people the chance to take simple steps to protect themselves and their property.”

To find out if you are at risk and if you are eligible for direct flood warnings call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or visit the Environment Agency’s website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.