FLOOD defences erected around Barons Quay and areas of the town centre protected 280 properties during Storm Dennis, says the Environment Agency.

Teams from the public body have been removing demountable barriers and floodgates in the town following the passing of the worst of the weather system.

Phases one and two of the three-part, £7 million defence system were deployed over the weekend and early on Monday morning to keep properties safe from flooding.

And with their job done and floor warnings being rescinded, crews have been busy dismantling them ready for use in the future.

Among those seen working in Northwich was Lee Rawlinson, Environment Agency area director for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

He praised the effort shown by his teams, who ‘worked tirelessly around the clock’ to clear blockages from rivers and ensure that flood defences were in place.

Flood defence systems helped to protect a total of 861 properties in the Cheshire West and Chester borough, as well as an additional 280 in Northwich.