Mersey flood defence construction continues

The Environment Agency started work this month on the second phase of £23m flood defences in Warrington.

The flood alleviation scheme involves construction of walls and embankments along the River Mersey and its tributaries that will reduce the risk of flooding to over 2,000 homes and businesses.

The first phase at Knutsford Road and Victoria Park in Latchford completed last year and was tested by the tidal surge on 5 December and worked successfully, protecting 1,500 properties.

Work on the second phase in Howley is scheduled to be completed by November 2014 and will include new flood walls and road ramps from Riverside Retail Park to Howley Lane.

In April, there will be additional work undertaken to protect a power substation upstream of Howley subject to planning approval.

A third phase of construction in Cinnamon Brow, Padgate, Latchford East (Westy), Twiggeries and Woolston is scheduled to begin later this year and last into 2015.

Warrington is at risk from tidal and river flooding and has records of flooding dating back to 1767. The most significant recent flood events were in February 1990 and October/November 2000. In February 1990, the River Mersey overtopped its banks flooding Knutsford Road and properties in Westy, Latchford, Howley, Arpley Bridge and Lower Walton.

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