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Lancaster Flood Risk Management Scheme

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June 2020, Covid-19 update

The project team remain on site and construction of the new flood defences continues in line with government guidance. We have updated our frequently asked questions and released the latest newsletter to update you further. Please see these below. (1 June 2020)



In December 2015 Lancaster City suffered extensive flooding including flooding from the River Lune when existing defences were overtopped. During this period, flows of around 1,750 m3 per second, the highest flow ever recorded on an English river, were recorded at Caton, immediately upstream of Lancaster. The flooding caused widespread damage to business and residential properties and caused major disruption to infrastructure. This included the loss of power to around 60,000 properties due to the flooding of the Caton Road electricity sub-station.

As a result, Lancaster City Council have worked in close partnership with the Environment Agency to deliver the £12.1m Caton Road, Lancaster Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS). The scheme was completed in December 2020 and will provide 2.8km (1.7 miles) of improved flood defences. Flood risk from both the River Lune and surface water will be reduced. Over 170 homes and businesses currently at a high risk of flooding will be better protected as a result of the scheme.

The project team were able to secure £3.85M in European Regional Development Funding as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 towards the scheme. This means that the defences have been delivered around 2 years earlier as a result.

For more information about the scheme completion view the Environment Agency’s press release here. View a video about the scheme here.


Caton Road Industrial Estate flooding, December 2015