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This scheme was completed on 29th May 2021 and officially opened on the 11th October 2021. The scheme improved 2.8km (1.7 miles) of existing flood defences and over 170 homes and businesses that were at a high risk of flooding are now better protected from flooding of the River Lune and surface water. The cycle path alongside the new flood walls has now been upgraded and around 3,000 trees were planted as part of the scheme.
In December 2015 Lancaster suffered extensive flooding. During this period, flows of around 1,750 m3 per second, the highest flow ever recorded on an English river, were recorded for the River Lune at Caton (just upstream of Lancaster). This is equivalent to filling an Olympic size swimming pool every one and a half seconds. This exceptionally high flow overtopped existing flood defences in Lancaster. The flooding caused widespread damage to homes and businesses and caused major disruption to infrastructure. This included the loss of power to around 60,000 properties because the Caton Road electricity sub-station flooded.
Since 2015, Lancaster City Council have worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to deliver the £12.1 million Lancaster Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS). The scheme was completed on 29th May 2021 and officially opened on 11th October 2021. The scheme improved 2.8km (1.7 miles) of existing flood defences. Over 170 homes and businesses that were at a high risk of flooding are now better protected from flooding of the River Lune and surface water.
The project team were able to secure £3.85 million in European Regional Development Funding towards the scheme. As a result, the defences were delivered around two years earlier than originally expected.