Flood roadshow rolled into town

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A roadshow staged by the Environment Agency to offer help and advice to those worst hit by the Boxing Day floods attracted 150 people in Whalley.

Experts from the Environment Agency spent five hours in Whalley village hall discussing all aspects of the Christmas floods that destroyed homes and businesses.

Jim Walker, who is a senior team leader with the Agency, said the aim of the roadshow was to gather as much information as possible about the floods.

He said: “We spoke to many people about their own experiences so we can build up a picture of how it happened and how we can move forward in terms of improving flood defences and lookng at the areas that are most at risk.

“The fact that a flood action group is going to be set up is also a positive step because it will give people a point of contact if the floods happen again.’’

Hosted with representatives from Ribble Valley Council, United Utilities, Lancashire County Council and Whalley Lions, residents from Billington and Ribchester which were also affected the floods, attended the roadshow.

Mr Walker added: “We felt there was a very positive response from the people who came along to the roadshow. This is about mving forward now and learning fro what has happened in the past and also all workin together, both professional bodies and volunteers.’’