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Report into the November 2017 flooding released by Lancashire County Council

Posted: 12/08/19

Lancashire County Council have published an overview report of the flooding which hit parts of Lancashire in November.

On the night of the 22nd November through to the 23rd, an intense rain storm travelled north east from the Irish Sea Coast at Blackpool through to the Lancaster area. Over 900 properties flooded across the area with 436 homes internally flooded and 70 households evacuated overnight in the village of Galgate.

Lancashire County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority and put together the report which shows that the rainfall event was highly damaging as it overwhelmed all natural and constructed drainage networks, causing extensive surface water and river flooding. Dislodged soil/silt and vegetation also blocked drainage networks and many roads, including those needed for critical emergency access were obstructed by flood water. Bow waves from passing traffic caused standing water to enter private property and houses close to roads.

The report details the flooding issues which were reported to the drainage authorities, including the county council, the district and city councils, United Utilities plc and the Environment Agency, as a result of the  of the incident. It also updates where work has since taken place or where investigations are still ongoing to understand whether improvements can be made to help manage future flood risks.

The report also aims to help improve flood resilience in the affected areas. Already the county council, together with its partner organisations, has developed an improved understanding of the way incident response, community engagement and data collection activities are interlinked. This has led to improved procedures to deal with future flooding events and improve flood infrastructure in the county.

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