Villagers’ opportunity to view flood scheme

Drop-in date: Croston villagers tackle more flooding
Drop-in date: Croston villagers tackle more flooding
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A village’s £5m-plus new anti-flooding scheme will be discussed at a public meeting later this month.

Representatives from the Environment Agency and its partners - Lancashire County Council, Chorley Council and United Utilities - will present details of the flood management project for Croston and surrounding areas.

They have selected a ‘preferred option’ for upstream flood storage on the River Yarrow - upstream of Eccleston Bridge.

It will comprise a long embankment dam across the river incorporating a structure designed to restrict the volume of water passing downstream towards Croston.

The excess water will be stored behind the embankment until it is safe to release it back into the river.

Construction is expected to start winter 2014 and take a year to complete.

The Environment Agency is buying a new £18,000 mobile pump as an interim measure until the scheme is built. It will be stored in the village and maintained by the county council.

It will be used to pump out excess surface water from the manhole adjacent to the Old School and discharge it back into the river. Trained residents will be able to operate it.

A drop-in for the public will be held at Croston Methodist Church hall on Wednesday, January 29, from 2.30pm-8pm.

Kath Almond, chairman of the Lower Yarrow Flood Action Group, said: “We hope as many people as possible can come and view the scheme updates at one of the drop-in dates in January.”