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Flood defence update
FLOOD defences in Northwich are likely to be a mixture of upstream storage and barriers in the town centre.
But experts have assured town councillors that any barriers would be sympathetic to their surroundings.
Clr Derek Bowden gave Northwich Town Council an update on the plans, being drawn up by the Environment Agency and Canal and River Trust, at their October meeting.
Clr Bowden said: “Upstream storage is more expensive than in town barriers by a factor of about 400 per cent.
“And if upstream storage filled the capacity of the Dane Valley it can still only store between 30 and 40 per cent of the water that would come down the river in a 100-year event.
“Upstream storage, lovely though it is, would not solve the problem and it’s more expensive.
“The likelihood is that we will end up with a mix of upstream storage and town barriers.
“What I got from the experts is a deep concern that the river frontage of Northwich will not be disadvantaged.
“They are going to a lot of trouble to minimise the visual impact on the waterfront.
“I still feel we’re in really good hands.”
The Environment Agency and Cheshire West and Chester Council have secured more than £4million Goverment funding to build the flood defences.
But construction has to begin before autumn 2014 to guarantee the money.
Clr Brian Jamieson said: “Barriers in the town centre won’t be too intrusive and at the end of the day if we want to stop the town from flooding we need to do something to protect it.”