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United Utilities works with partners to tackling flooding

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A project using natural flood management techniques to protect homes against flooding, while improving water quality is nearing completion.
The project in Thornton, near Blackpool, UK, has brought together experts from United Utilities, the Wyre Rivers Trust, Wyre Council and McDermott Homes to deliver an innovative natural flood management project, which is creating up to 3.3 hectares of wetland and 8,500m3 storage.
The work will provide numerous benefits to the area which has experienced significant flooding, most notably in 2017.
The project will tackle the risk of flooding from the two main sources; Hillylaid Pool and Royles Brook. As well as reducing flood risk, the project will provide other societal benefits, including improved water quality, providing habitats for wildlife and green space for the local community to enjoy.
Katie Duffy, from United Utilities, said: “Solving flooding is not something that can be achieved in isolation, collaboration is key. This project is a prime example of what can be achieved when expertise from all flood risk management agencies come together to find a solution that not only helps protect homes against flooding, but is also environmentally sustainable to deliver.”
Tom Myerscough, general manager at the Wyre Rivers Trust, added: “The Thornton Flood Risk Resilience project is a great example of how collaboration between statutory agencies, local authority’s, water companies, developers and the Rivers Trust can deliver Natural Flood Management projects with a wide range of benefits for the environment and local communities.”
McDermott Homes, who helped with the construction of the scheme to support flood reliance, said in a statement: “We recognise the importance of creating sustainable developments and when presented with the opportunity to get involved in delivering this innovative flood management scheme we were glad to assist.
"The completed scheme will not only provide flood relief for the local area but forms important habitats for wildlife and an attractive greenspace for the local community."
United Utilities and The Rivers Trust recently announced a ground-breaking strategic partnership to tackle the big challenges facing rivers in north-west England, to help bring together everyone with an impact on the health of our rivers to foster better collaboration and target longer term investment in tackling any pollution, whatever the source.