Today, the Environment Agency has announced the completion of its six-year programme to protect more than 300,000 homes and businesses across England from the effects of climate change through the construction of flood and coastal defences.
The Croston Flood Risk Management Scheme is one of 700 new projects which followed as a result of the Boxing Day floods in 2015, in which 344 properties were affected and many residents and families displaced and moved into temporary accommodation. On Boxing Day, Croston was affected by river flooding, surface water flooding and sewer flooding.
The Environment Agency worked in partnership with Chorley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and United Utilities to deliver the Croston Flood Risk Management Scheme, which involved the construction of an upstream online flood storage area on the River Yarrow and a 600m long earth embankment across the river, capable of retaining up to 1.3M m3 of water. The scheme has reduced the risk of flooding for 438 properties in Croston and has protected properties from flooding at least five times since completion.
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