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Maps show areas of Preston and South Ribble most at flood risk as first stage of Ribble defences scheme begins

Posted on - 8th June, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Fishwick, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Preston weather, Riversway, Walton-le-Dale
The River Ribble on a calm day, but in recent years the Ribble has reached record levels at Preston during heavy rain and storms Pic: Tony Worrall
The River Ribble on a calm day, but in recent years the Ribble has reached record levels at Preston during heavy rain and storms Pic: Tony Worrall

Maps showing the areas in Preston and South Ribble which could be worst-hit by flooding have been released as the latest flood-defences work takes place.

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The Environment Agency is starting ground investigation work this month as part of its £45m flood barriers work along the River Ribble and River Darwen.

Ground investigation works are underway in Frenchwood, Walton-le-Dale, Higher Walton and Golden Way.

Flood risk manager Andy Brown said: “Ground Investigation work is a key milestone in the £45m Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme. Our team are currently focused on refining the design of the scheme following engagement with residents and businesses throughout 2018 and 2019 on the initial proposals.

“Ground investigations provide critical data which helps us to test assumptions we’ve made to date when planning the scheme, costing the scheme accurately and they ensure we can move into the construction phase with a full understanding of conditions on the ground.

“In these unprecedented times, the safety of our staff, contractors and the public is paramount. We are following Government’s guidelines and continue to protect people and the environment, working alongside our partners.”

Maps released as part of the scheme show the areas most at-risk if the River Ribble or River Darwen were to burst their banks.

The areas of Frenchwood and Walton-le-Dale which would be most affected. Dark blue is flood zone 3 and light blue is flood zone 2, which would require 'extreme flooding'
The areas of Frenchwood and Walton-le-Dale which would be most affected. Dark blue is flood zone 3 and light blue is flood zone 2, which would require ‘extreme flooding’
The areas of Broadgate and Lower Penwortham most ‘at risk’ from flooding
How flooding would affect Walton-le-Dale
Impact of any potential flooding on Higher Walton
Impact of any potential flooding on Higher Walton

The Environment Agency say the flood defences in place along the Ribble are coming to ‘the end of their life’ having been put in place between 1920 and 1980.

Building work is due to begin in Penwortham, Riversway and Broadgate during 2021 if planning approval is given for the flood defence scheme.

An example of the types of flood barriers put up - this one was in Sheffield
An example of the types of flood barriers put up – this one was in Sheffield

Flood barriers similar to those put up in Warrington, Morecambe and Blackburn could be deployed.

You can see full details of the Preston and South Ribble flood defence scheme so far on the Environment Agency’s flood hub site.

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