Andrew has welcomed the completion of a £1m flood alleviation scheme in Earby.

The work undertaken by the Environment Agency to the Victoria Clough Culvert will provide additional protection to 91 homes and approximately 17 businesses within Earby.

The completed work includes 43m of structural re-lining of Victoria Clough culvert from the junction of Valley Road and Victoria Road. As well as, making Victoria culvert structurally sound.  Culverts are structures which carry water underground. They were often built to allow development to take place around them such as roads, homes and businesses. Many people live and work near culverts and may not even know they are there.  A new culvert has be installed beneath the disused railway embankment to replace the existing one which had collapsed. The project has also re-line or replace a number of sections along the length of the culvert at locations under Victoria Road and the A56 Skipton Road.

A new and improved trash screen has been fixed at the inlet of the culvert, to help reduce the risk of it becoming blocked with debris and making it easier and safer to clear when water levels are high.

Commenting on the completion of the work Andrew said, “I am delighted the significant investment into flood alleviation in Earby has now been completed. I would to thank the Environment Agency and their contractors who have completed the work. I hope this £1m investment is just the beginning of future investment as There is still more we can do to reduce the risk of flooding across West Craven. I will continue to work with the Environment Agency and Government colleagues on finding and funding the necessary solutions.”