The £1million project started in July 2018 and involved repairing a culvert which runs beneath the town. The scheme was lead by the Environment Agency in partnership with their contractors JBA Bentley. A new 40m length of culvert has been installed using a technique called ‘pipe bursting’ beneath the disused railway embankment to replace the existing one which had partially collapsed. JBA Bentley also lined a number of sections totalling 60m along the length of the culvert at locations under Victoria Road and the A56 Skipton Road.
In addition, a new and improved two tiered trash screen has been installed at the inlet of the culvert to help reduce the risk of it becoming blocked with debris. This will make it easier and safer to clear when water levels are high.
The Environment Agency has been working in partnership with Pendle Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Yorkshire Water and Earby Town Council since the December 2015 floods to develop schemes which will help to reduce the flood risk in Earby from all sources. Staff have been continuing to develop the options to reduce flood risk in more detail, including a flood storage area on Victoria Clough and installing a flood defence wall at Boot Street adjacent to the New Cut. Subject to funding and further investigation, construction on the Victoria Clough storage area and New Cut flood wall could start towards the end of 2020.
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