Broughton family forced to live in hotel after homes damaged by flood water

Posted on - 26th June, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, People, Preston News, Roads
The flood water coming down the front gardens of residents on Garstang Road
Flood water came in “like a river”. Pic: Jackie Cropper

Homeowners in Garstang Road are having to live in a hotel after their homes were devastated by flood water during last week’s storms.

Patrica Carter has contacted Lancashire County Council after suffering constant issues with her driveway and porch flooding but she had to leave her home last Wednesday after muddy water filled the ground floor of her house.

Her daughter, Beverley Moulding said: “This time it came through the house like a river.

“The problems have started since the new bypass was built. Total devastation.”

Others from Garstang Road have also been affected and many have had to leave their house until the damage is repaired.

Fire crews at Garstang Road to help residents.
Fire crews at Garstang Road to help residents. Pic: Jayne Kirnon

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Residents believe that the flooding has started as a result of the Broughton Bypass being built and Patricia who has owned her property for over 20 years said she has had no problems until the bypass was built.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We received an initial report in February of a surface water flooding issue due to water overtopping the kerb as it runs down the drainage channel in the road during heavy rain.

“We had scheduled work to take place in April to change the profile of the kerb to reduce the risk of this happening, but have had to delay this due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As an interim measure we carried out some work last week to provide more capacity in the drainage channel by removing some of the road surface next to the kerb, however we will return in the near future to complete the work to the kerb.

“The council’s Flood Risk Management team is investigating all the incidents of flooding to homes that are being reported from around Lancashire, with particular attention to those that have had repeated problems.

“We would ask that people report details of any flooding to property whether recent or historic so that our FRM team can consider them as part of their work to reduce the risk to property caused by flooding in future.”

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