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Environment Agency plan first stage of flood defences work on River Ribble and River Darwen at Preston

Posted on - 18th April, 2020 - 2:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Fishwick, Frenchwood, Preston News, Walton-le-Dale
The River Ribble broke its banks during both Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis this winter Pic: Tony Worrall
The River Ribble broke its banks during both Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis this winter Pic: Tony Worrall

Work from the Environment Agency is to begin in late April in Preston and South Ribble.

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Major flood defences are being proposed along the River Ribble and ground investigation works are needed.

12-weeks of work is planned throughout Frenchwood, Walton-le-Dale and Higher Walton.

The Environment Agency is using ground-penetrating radar, hand dug inspection pits, boreholes and ‘window’ sample holes to check the types of soil and rock near where the proposed defences would go.

A map below shows the areas where the ground investigation works are due to take place.

Where the ground investigation works are due to take place Pic: Environment Agency
Where the ground investigation works are due to take place Pic: Environment Agency

More than £40million is due to be spent on beefing up the flood defences along the River Ribble at Preston and also the River Darwen at Higher Walton and Walton-le-Dale.

Full work on the scheme, which is due for approval in summer 2021, is due to begin the same year and be completed by 2023.

Read more: Cyclist rescued as flood water reaches Miller Park bandstand

Work is due to take place between 8am and 6pm each day and some footpaths may be diverted while work is undertaken.

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