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Rochdale and Littleborough Flood Risk Management Scheme

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Introduction

Overview

The River Roch, Rochdale and Littleborough Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS) seeks to address the high level of flood risk to the towns of Rochdale and Littleborough in Greater Manchester.

The towns have a long history of flooding with significant events recorded in 1991, 1995, 2008 and 2015. On the 26th and 27th December 2015, 324 properties were flooded during Storm Eva. The flood exceeded the previous highest recorded levels along the River Roch, causing widespread damage and disruption in the area. More recently there was flooding in the towns in March 2019, July 2019, November 2019 and 9th February 2020 (Storm Ciara). Several flood warnings for the River Roch at Littleborough and Rochdale were issued during Storm Christoph during January 2021.

The steep catchment and multiple tributaries cause the River Roch to respond rapidly to rainfall with river levels rising quickly. The urbanised river valley has an industrial heritage with a legacy of modified channels, bridges, culverts and weirs which further exacerbate the flooding problem.

 

River Roch in Rochdale

 

 

Key Programme Dates

Milestone Start
Phase 1A Planning Application Approved May 2020
Enabling Works Construction Start at Gale April 2021
Culvert Construction under the Railway at Gale End of October 2021
Full Business Case Approval Autumn 2021
Planning Application Littleborough Phase 1B Late 2021
Construction start on remaining Littleborough Phase 1A areas and Littleborough Phase 1B Spring 2022
Construction start Rochdale Phase 2 2023/24

Last updated: April 2021