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Ribble flood scheme underway

United Utilities has started work on a £1M scheme to alleviate sewer flooding affecting homes in the Ribble Valley.

The company £995,000 to construct an underground storage tank and install new sewers and manholes in Catlow Terrace.

The work - which is expected to take 16 weeks to complete - is set to benefit homes on Catlow Terrace, Whalley Road, Chorleton Terrace and Millbrook Place which are affected by persistent sewer flooding.

United Utilities’ Project Co-ordinator, Mark Clinton, said: “The underground storage tank - which is 12.5m in diameter and 11m deep - is designed to capture excess water during periods of heavy rainfall and prevent it from overwhelming the local sewer system, which can cause flooding to nearby homes.

“Our work to install 50m of new sewer pipework, three chambers and associated manholes will also contribute towards alleviating this very unpleasant problem,” he said.

Although most of the work will take place in farmland adjacent to the area engineers will be replacing sewers that pass between two houses on Catlow Terrace.

In order for this section of work to be carried out safely the crew on-site will need to segregate its work area from property owners and members of the public using temporary steel fence panels.

In addition some work is required in the carriageway of the Catlow Terrace cul-de-sac, which may impact upon normal parking arrangements.

“We expect this work will result in limited entry to sections of the affected road for residents accessing their properties, but we would like to assure people that we will do everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum,” said Mark.

“We will liaise with the local council to ensure suitable arrangements are made for refuse collection whilst works are ongoing and we will do all we can to help wherever possible with residents who may have any special access requirements.

“However we would advise local residents that they try to make alternative parking arrangements where restrictions are evident, and for this we thank them for their patience and understanding.

“Pedestrian access past the site will be maintained at all times,” he said.

This work is part of United Utilities’ £2.9bn water quality and environmental improvement programme for 2005-2010.

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