Residents to be trained to pump water out of village

Weather: Croston under feet of water during previous floods
Weather: Croston under feet of water during previous floods
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New equipment set to help people deal with the consequences of extreme weathe

Croston residents are to be trained to pump flood water away from their village after receiving a new pump.

Residents have formed the Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group to develop a community flood plan for Croston.

And they will now be able to pump flood water from Spent Brook into the River Yarrow and away from the village, helping reduce the risk of flooding to houses in Church Street and Town Road.

Croston Parish Council, Lancashire County Council and the Environment Agency have all contributed funding to buy a pump, with Chorley Council providing free storage.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will provide free use of its training centre in Euxton so the volunteer residents can be trained up to use it.

Trained residents will be able to start pumping right away when flooding starts.

Pumping will not be reliant on the Environment Agency or the Fire and Rescue Service getting to the village.

Croston has been flooded several times, with the last floods taking place on June 22, 2012, when 72 properties were flooded.

Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group was set up several years ago by members of the community who wanted to prepare for flooding and agree what actions to take during a flood.

Kath Almond, a Croston parish councillor and member of the Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group, welcomed the move. She said: “I am delighted with the partnership working that has enabled us to have a pump based in Croston for use by volunteers.

“It means that we can implement our community flood action plan and start pumping as soon as the flooding starts.

“The plan ensures people know what they are doing.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service station manager John Cairns said: “Although we are there to help when flooding occurs, the provision of the pump and training people to use it enables the Croston community to take preventative action at an early stage when flood threatens.

“We are delighted to make our contribution to Croston’s excellent self-help initiative and welcome the opportunity to continue to work with the community together with partner agencies to combat flooding.”

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