Preston flood defence work to begin a year earlier

FLOODED: Fields in Penwortham have suffered from flooding in the past
FLOODED: Fields in Penwortham have suffered from flooding in the past
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Work on flood defences in two areas of Preston is to begin a year ahead of schedule.

In an announcement from the Environment Agency, the government said they will be bringing forward more than £16million of the six-year flood defence programme to better protect more than 2,700 homes from flooding sooner than planned in the North West.

With one in six homes in England at risk of flooding, I encourage people to check their flood risk and sign up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service.

Sir Philip Dilley

This includes the development of the scheme at Broadgate and Lower Penwortham in Preston which will protect 2,900 homes, of which around 600 are planned to be better protected by 2021.

Environment Agency Chairman Sir Philip Dilley said: “Our priority is to do as much as we can with every pound of funding from government and local partners, but of course the risk of flooding can never be entirely eliminated.

“With one in six homes in England at risk of flooding, I encourage people to check their flood risk and sign up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service.”

The Environment Agency isalso working to replace 2km of existing sea wall and promenade at Rossall and Anchorshome, along the Fylde coast.

The scheme will reduce flood risk to over 14,000 homes and businesses and reduce flooding of local roads, tramway network, a major sewage pumping station and public utilities.

The scheme will cost around £100 million and the Environment Agency is planning to complete works in Anchorsholme by 2016 and in Rossall by 2018.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “This is another example of infrastructure funded by the UK Government as part of our long-term economic plan.”

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