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Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS) aims to reduce the flood risk from the River Irwell south of Bury and west of Radcliffe. Through partnership working with Bury Council the scheme aligns with local strategies for the area including the Bury Local Plan and Flood Risk Management Plan.
There is a long history of flooding in the area from the river overtopping its banks. The Boxing Day 2015 event resulted in flood damage to over 700 residential buildings, multiple commercial properties and critical infrastructure such as Bury Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) and electricity substations.
The area also experienced flooding during the storm Ciara extent on the weekend 9th February 2020. Properties on Warth Road, Warth Road industrial park and a property on Parkside Close flooded. The flood event also damaged the flood defence construction site compound at Close Park. The Environment Agency’s contractors, BAM Nuttall, worked quickly to construct temporary defences at Morris Street which successfully defended a number of properties from flooding.