A 7.2km flood defence scheme has been completed in Warrington.
The £34M scheme will significantly reduce flood risk to Warrington in low-lying land and within the path of the River Mersey and its tributaries.
Piling began on the 7.2km scheme in 2013, when Balfour Beatty installed 23m long sheet piles along the banks of the river.
Due to the scale and complexity of works, the scheme was delivered in 3 phases – parts of which have been effectively operating for some time. Phase one (the Knutsford Road section) was put to the test during the 2013 December high tides, preventing some 200 properties from being flooded. The predicted value of damage to properties that would have otherwise occurred, covered the actual cost of this section of the scheme.
Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Warrington’s new £34M flood scheme will reduce the flood risk to over 2000 homes and businesses, and protect vital infrastructure helping to bring investment to the area.”
Comprising 5km of flood walls and 2.2km of embankment, the scheme has improved amenity and recreational areas, as well as habitat conditions along the river corridor.
Environment Agency chief executive James Bevan said: “These new flood defences will not only benefit hundreds of homes and businesses in the area but will also safeguard critical infrastructure, vital in keeping the town moving.”