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Environment Agency steps up engineering effort against floods

The Environment Agency completed emergency engineering work over the weekend amid fears heavy rain would cause flooding in the North West of England and Wales.

The Environment Agency (EA) has been on 24 hour alert in the North West this weekend responding to the heavy rain that has fallen in Cumbria and Lancashire.

EA staff have been monitoring river levels, checking flood defences and clearing river blockages through the night into Sunday morning.

On Saturday evening the EA activated its flood defences in Appleby, protecting over 130 homes and carried out emergency work in Low Crosby to fill a gap in a flood alleviation scheme that was nearing completion.

In Hornby, the EA used stop logs to raise the level of a low point, and helped to reduce impact of any potential flooding to properties in the area.

“We have been  working closely with partners in Cumbria, including community-based Flood Action Groups, to ensure that everyone is as prepared as possible.,” said EA area flood risk manager Glyn Vaughan.

The rivers in Cumbria peaked on Saturday.

Environment Agency Wales is urging people to remain vigilant against possible further flooding in the early part of this week.

“Our officers on the ground will continue to check flood defences, clear river blockages and install flood barriers where necessary,” said an EA Wales spokesman.

North Wales now has one flood warning in place but experienced heavy rain and some flooding. Network Rail said flooding had affected the rail service between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno Junction in Gwynedd.

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