Emergency flooding work is carried out

Bow Brook, Leyland
Bow Brook, Leyland

‘Emergency’ work to prevent the risk of flooding in Leyland is now underway.

The Environment Agency has moved in to carry out work at Bow Brook in Bow Lane after the culvert collapsed earlier this year.

The Guardian reported back in March that residents in the area issued complaints after the brook burst its banks.

Now, the Environment Agency has said: “The culvert collapsed so we managed to get some funding to carry out emergency works to replace it and prevent a flood risk in the area.

“Once the new culvert is in, the old one will be taken out.

“The new one is being put very close to the old one, and while there may have been some disruption to residents, the work shouldn’t take much longer to complete.”

South Ribble Council’s scrutiny committee has also set up a task group to target flooding hotspots in the borough.

‘Flood risk’ maps from the Environment Agency show there are a surprising number of Leyland areas which could face problems with surface water and flooding from brooks and rivers in the future.

Chapel Brow in the town centre, the Broadfield estate and the area around Farington Lodge are all classed as ‘high risk’ zones for surface water flooding.

The Seven Stars area is a hotspot for river flooding, as is Schleswig Way.