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Unexpected ground conditions delay Lancashire flood work

The Environment Agency has said that completion of a flood alleviation scheme in Earby, Lancashire is likely to be delayed after unexpected ground conditions were encountered by the project.

The completion date for the £1M flood alleviation scheme has been put back after a major obstruction was found during drilling work for a new culvert below a disused railway embankment.

The Environment Agency has said that its contract JBA Bentley is “on site working hard to find a solution so that the culvert repair can be completed as quickly as possible”.

The new culvert was being constructed to replace one that collapsed and the overall project involves relining and improvements to other existing culverts.

Work on the project started on 23 July and was expected to take 13 weeks to complete but no new completion date has been revealed following the problems on site.

Environment Agency flood risk advisor Paul Swales said: “We would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential work to reduce flood risk and protect their properties.”

When completed the improvements will protect 91 properties and 17 business from flood risk but the Environment Agency said it is looking at additional work to further improve flood protection for the area.

 

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