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£1M culvert repair to start in Lancashire

Work to repair a collapsed culvert is to start to reduce the risk of flooding to 91 homes and 17 businesses in Earby, Lancashire.

Starting next week, the £1M project being undertaken by JBA Bentley for the Environment Agency, will repair the Victoria Clough culvert to make it structurally sound.

A new culvert will be installed beneath the disused railway embankment to replace the existing one which has collapsed. The team will also re-line or replace a number of sections along the length of the culvert.

A new and improved trash screen will also be fixed at the inlet of the culvert, to help reduce the risk of it becoming blocked with debris and making it easier and safer to clear when water levels are high.

Environment Agency flood risk advisor Paul Swales said: “Earby has suffered devastating flooding over recent years, most notably the Boxing Day 2015 flood. We’re pleased to be starting this repair work which will bring significant flood risk benefits to homes and businesses.

Funding for the project comes from £813,000 of Grant in Aid and £200,000 of Yorkshire Local Levy.

Since the floods of Boxing Day 2015, the Environment Agency has worked in partnership with Pendle Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Yorkshire Water to develop schemes to reduce flood risk in Earby.

The work is expected to take 13 weeks to complete.

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