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Whalley Proposed Flood Risk Management Scheme

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Introduction

This proposed scheme is currently still in the appraisal stage meaning funding has not been secured. There is therefore no guarantee that this scheme will secure funding and progress to a completed flood scheme. For more information on how Flood Risk Management Schemes are funded and delivered, please visit our dedicated page here.

Whalley is a village in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. It is situated alongside the River Calder and a smaller watercourse, Wiswell Brook, that becomes culverted under King Street. Whalley has a long history of flooding with the largest impacts occurring in 1866, 1928, 1964, 2000, 2012, 2015 and 2020.

On 26 December 2015, 196 properties flooded after Storm Eva when the River Calder overtopped its banks. Earlier in December 2015, Wiswell Brook had already overflown due to a blockage and caused extensive flooding along King Street. The water levels and flood extent on 26 Dec 2015 are the greatest on record.

On 9 February 2020, approximately 70 properties reported flooding as a result of King Street culvert overflowing and the River Calder reaching the second highest level ever recorded.

 

River Calder and Whalley Viaduct