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Irwell Vale, Strongstry and Chatterton Flood Risk Management Scheme

The proposed schemes on these pages are currently still in the appraisal stage meaning funding has not been secured. There is therefore no guarantee that these schemes will secure funding and progress to a completed flood scheme. For more information on how Flood Risk Management Schemes are funded and delivered, please visit our dedicated page here.


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Update August 2023 – The Environment Agency Project Team wanted to provide you with an update on the proposed Flood Risk Management Scheme for Irwell Vale, Strongstry and Chatterton. Due to increased project costs, they have been busy over the past 6 months investigating potential funding opportunities in an attempt to close the current funding gap. The Environment Agency are looking to arrange a community meeting at the end of September or beginning of October to engage with the community on the results of these efforts. This will be coordinated through the Environment Agency Community Representatives.


The aim of the Irwell Vale, Strongstry and Chatterton Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS) is to reduce the flood risk within these 3 communities. The communities are located within Rossendale, Lancashire and are hydraulically linked by the River Irwell which is the primary source of fluvial flooding. As the valley is steep sided, the flood events tend to be extremely flashy meaning the communities do not get much warning before a flood event.