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Warrington is at risk from tidal and river flooding. Records of flooding date back to 1767. The most significant recent flood events were in February 1990 and October/November 2000. In February 1990, the River Mersey over-topped its banks flooding Knutsford Road. Properties in Westy, Latchford, Howley, Arpley Bridge and Lower Walton were flooded.
1. Solution: building flood defences
The Environment Agency is building flood defences in Warrington. The defences will reduce flood risk to around 2,000 homes and businesses.
In partnership with Warrington Borough Council, the Environment Agency is building a £23 million flood alleviation scheme. The scheme will construct a series of walls and embankments along the River Mersey and its tributaries.
2. Construction update
The Environment Agency has finished building the first phase of flood defences along the banks of the River Mersey at Knutsford Road and Victoria Park in Latchford.
The new flood walls and earth embankments look smart. They run along the edge of Knutsford Road from Bridgefoot roundabout to just beyond Black Bear footpath.
The Environment Agency has also built a new and improved entrance to Victoria Park.
These flood defences were put to the test during a major tidal surge in December 2013. They prevented hundreds of homes and businesses from flooding.
The Environment Agency has bugun building the second phase of flood defences in Howley. Work began in January 2014 and should be completed by November 2014. The new flood walls and road ramps will extend from Riverside Retail Park to Howley Lane.
If you would like to request a copy of the construction plans or if you have questions or comments email email@example.com or call Chris Stone on 01925 542419.