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The areas of Scotforth, Hala and Bowerham in South Lancaster are heavily urbanised and experience flooding from Burrow Beck (Main River), which flows in a southerly direction throughout the area.
Over 200 properties in the area benefit from Environment Agency (EA) flood warnings and a river level gauge is located along Burrow Beck adjacent to the allotments between Wyresdale Road and Canterbury Avenue. However, Burrow Beck is a Rapid Response Catchment, making it challenging to provide accurate forecasting without over-warning, meaning flooding can occur in between flood warnings.
Flood events have occurred in September 2011, December 2015 and November 2017. More recently two separate flood events occurred less than a week apart in August 2020, during which 20-30 properties experienced flooding. At least one of these flood events was partly attributed to a blockage of the footbridge from Lentworth Drive to Gressingham Drive. The footbridge was removed and replaced with an approach ramp, reducing the risk of future blockage.