Dykes cleaned out to end flood terror

The floods in Sunnyside Terrace, Preesall. Below: Residents Pat Williams and Cath Brakewell (right).

The floods in Sunnyside Terrace, Preesall. Below: Residents Pat Williams and Cath Brakewell (right).

A street blighted by flooding will receive a share of £37m to reduce the risk of devastation caused by atrocious weather.

Flooding in Preesall’s Sunnyside Terrace in December 2012 ruined Christmas for many families as they were twice forced to move everything out of downstairs rooms.

The funding to clean out dykes - which was secured by the Department for Work and Pensions and Environment Agency - was today welcomed by one resident who suffered when Sunnyside Terrace last flooded.

Pensioner Cath Brakewell, said: “This funding can only help with what has gone on.

“We kept saying the culverts and the dykes under the roads needed cleaning out and now they’ve been done.

“I’ve lived here for 40 years and it should be clear for the next 15 to 20 years.

“It wasn’t good to be flooded but we were fortunate it didn’t hang around for long.

“It’s horrible to come down and in the morning and see worms floating around in your house. I feel for the people going through it right now down south.”

The work will be carried out over the next 12 months, and coincides with a joint Blackpool and Wyre Council project to build major sea defences along Anchorsholme and Rossall to reduce the risk of flooding to over 900 homes and businesses.

Coun Gordon McCann, Preesall ward councillor for Wyre Council, said: “Over the past few years the flooding in that area has been a problem and they’ve been flooded on a number of occasions.

“Any funding that will deal with this situation in the Sunnyside Terrace area and prevent flooding and improve the area would be very welcome.”

County Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection, said: “Along with Blackpool Council, we’re currently consulting on a local flood risk management strategy which aims to ensure we’re better placed to understand prevent and respond to the threat of surface water, groundwater, flooding from ordinary watercourses, and coastal flooding.”

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