Thursday, August 25th, 2011
United Utilities are about to reveal plans to protect residents in Warrington from flooding. At times of heavy rainfall, residents in the Westy area of Warrington are always at risk from flooding due to the river Mersey bursting its banks. However, after the flood prevention scheme has been completed, hundreds of homes should no longer be at risk.
In conjunction with The Environment Agency and Warrington Borough Council, sewer and drainage company United Utilities are going to increase the height of the River Mersey embankment to provide increased flood defences.
There has been a history of flooding in Warrington from the River Mersey over the years, the latest incident being in 2000. A spokesperson from United Utilities commented:
“This proposed flood embankment stands to bring peace of mind to families in Westy living close to the River Mersey. Our plans would see the creation of a grassed embankment, blended as sensitively as possible into the existing landscape. Access will also be maintained to existing riverside footpaths.
“The embankment is one piece of a bigger jigsaw to protect homes in Warrington from flooding. We are very pleased that we have an opportunity to play a part in this major project.”