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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Almost £2m secured to help protect Ulverston homes from flooding

ALMOST £2m has been secured to protect hundreds of Ulverston homes from flooding.

The Environment Agency plans to carry out work along Town Beck to mitigate the effects of the so-called “100-year flood”.

It has identified 300 properties at risk in a worst case scenario that could see Market Street completely submerged.

By carrying out the work at four strategic points along the beck it hopes to reduce the risk of the properties flooding to one per cent.

Plans to carry out the work were revealed last year but now the funding has also been sourced.

Louis Antoine, flood risk management adviser for the Environment Agency, said: “We have £1.9m funding which we have secured but we still have work to do on construction costs to bring them down.”

He said he hopes the final cost of the scheme will not exceed the amount already raised.

One the final arrangements are in place, it is hoped the flood defence work will begin in the summer.

While the measures will offer significant protection against flooding from Town Beck, Mr Antoine said it will not address the flood risk from surface water.

He added that there is work being done at the culvert along Town Beck.

He said: “It needs attention and it would not be right to build the scheme without looking at the culvert as well.”

The project will involve reworking existing walls and building additional flood defences at The Gill, Beckside Court, The Ellers and the nearby allotments.

It is expected to take around six months to complete.

A 100-year flood would submerge the allotments at The Ellers, before spilling out onto North Lonsdale Road and Lund Terrace, where Rascals Day Nursery was badly affected by the flood in November.

A number of residents attended a meeting on Thursday evening to voice concerns over flooding in Ulverston but Mr Antoine said the response to the scheme had been positive.

Residents also had the chance to meet the people behind a separate United Utilities scheme at the Ellers allotments to prevent sewage water spilling into the beck.

Roger Woodcock, project manager for United Utilities, said the company’s plans to build a storm water retention tank would only have a small impact on flood risk but prevent dirty water spilling into the back during heavy rain.

He added: “The sewers have become more and more overloaded and as development continues they spill more and more regularly.”

Have your say

Sounds good until you get to this bit;
'He said he hopes the final cost of the scheme will not exceed the amount already raised.'

Hopes, hopes....!
How can the Environment Agency fund such work on a 'best guess?
Why don't they find out what work is actually required, then get 'three estimates' of how much it would cost and THEN fund the work?

What if the funding isn't enough?
Does it get left half done?
Is there a compromise too far?
Who carries the can?

Posted by Tony on 26 February 2013 at 12:37

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