- 18th November 2016
- Posted by: Joanne Woodhouse
- Category: Projects
On 26 December 2015, Rochdale and Littleborough experienced high levels of rainfall from Storm Eva that resulted in the Rivers Roch, Spodden and Beal rising to historically high levels. As flood defences and highway drains were overwhelmed, homes and businesses were inundated by rising floodwater.
Working with Rochdale Council, the Environment Agency and Caribou, we have now surveyed over 300 residential and commercial properties with a view to installing property level measures to help manage future flooding. As well as streetscape improvements in Rochdale’s town centre, resilience and resistance measures have been identified for each property. These measures are designed to lessen flood damage internally and to manage it externally.
The scheme has also informed residents about signing up to the Environment Agency’s flood warning service for the Upper River Irwell catchment which provides flood alerts and a more specifically a flood warning service for the River Roch in Rochdale. It is essential all property owners sign up to receive flood warnings during a flood event, to provide them with time to respond and prepare the flood mitigation measures.
For more information: Alex Masters – Warrington Engineering Team