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£1m Lancashire flood scheme to resume

General - Environment-Agency

Works will resume on the Lancashire culvert repair project following the discovery of a major obstruction that held up works last summer.

The repair project began in July until the obstruction was found while drilling a new culvert beneath a disused railway embankment halfway along the route.

However, project contractors JBA Bentley has used a technique known as "pipe bursting" to remove the obstruction and resume the Victoria Clough culvert repair project.

According to the EA, the works will make the Victoria Culvert - which carries water underground - more structurally sound. As part of the existing works, the existing culvert will be replaced and an improved trash screen will be installed at the culvert inlet. The project also involves the structural re-lining of 60m of the culvert.

The EA is investigating other ways to mitigate flooding in the area such as introducing flood storage areas on Earby Beck, the New Cut, and Victoria Clough, and building a flood defence wall at Albert Street.

The Victoria Culvert works are expected to take about eight weeks to complete.

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