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The Environment Agency are currently investigating the flood risk in Preston and South Ribble. Their investigations take account of climate change over the next 100 years and have shown that there are some parts of Preston that are at a high risk of flooding.
1. Investigating solutions
The Environment Agency is investigating possible actions to manage the flood risk to local homes and businesses.
The area the Environment Agency are looking at extends from the M6 crossing of the Ribble to the Docks, encompassing Broadgate, Penwortham and Walton-le-Dale.
So far the Environment Agency has completed initial investigations. These will help them work out what causes flooding in the area and how they can best reduce that risk.
The Environment Agency has shortlisted the solutions that would work best. For example, various combinations of flood defence walls, earth embankments and up-stream flood storage.
The Environment Agency now need to seek funding to be able to carry out a detailed appraisal of these short listed options. This will include a consultation with the community and partner organisations.
2. Costs and funding
Initial estimates suggest a flood defence scheme of this type could cost between £10 million and £15 million.
Continuation of the project will depend on external funding contributions. The Environment Agency will continue to work with partners and private investors to seek funding.
For further information contact Ian Caunce, Flood and Coastal Risk Management Officer, on 01772 714036 or email email@example.com