Darwen firms ‘not prepared for next flooding’

Flooding in Darwen last year

Flooding in Darwen last year

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

ALMOST half of Darwen businesses have been flooded in recent years, a council survey discovered.

But officials were alarmed to find that two-thirds of those damaged by deluges were not taking preventive measures in case of a repeat of 2012 when heavy rain, three times in a few summer weeks, caused extensive damage.

The results came after representatives of ‘Flood Watch’, Blackburn with Darwen borough’s awareness project, spoke to firms in Darwen on how prepared they were for future floods.

Bill Fleck, of Celebration Cakes in Duckworth Street, said: “They came round with information, phone numbers and leaflets about how to protect premises and what to do if there is flooding. We had our cellar flooded last year.

“They advised us on how to put a flood kit together. It was useful and helpful – nice to see the council thinking ahead.” Figures show that businesses are more likely to be flooded than burnt down, with the cost of flood damage four times higher than that from a fire.

In total, 43 per cent of businesses surveyed admitted they had been flooded in recent years, costing some £10,000 in repairs.

But 67 per cent of those flooded admitted to taking no preventive action since because of a ‘low risk perception’.

Flood Watch wants businesses in ‘at risk’ areas to be prepared and have plans in place.

Its officers can help firms develop emergency response plans which include ways to help minimise damage and details on what to do and who to contact in an emergency.

Flood Watch was unveiled earlier this year on the anniversary of the major flash floods after a successful bid for a share of a £5m pot of government cash.

Council regeneration boss Coun Maureen Bateson said: “Floods can have a severe impact on businesses, costing them vital trading hours and thousands of pounds in repairs and damaged stock.

“Flood Watch wants to advise businesses on ways that they can be more prepared to help minimise the often devastating impact that floods can have”.

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3:10pm Fri 15 Nov 13

Ian the Beancounter says...

I thought that the repairs done to the culverts along Blackburn Road (which cost the equivalent of the economy of a small African nation!) was intended to ensure that there would be no repeat of the last floods. The flood was said to have been the result of water pressure from blocked culverts forcing its way up through the pavements, so if those culverts are now clear, is there any real risk of a repeat?
I thought that the repairs done to the culverts along Blackburn Road (which cost the equivalent of the economy of a small African nation!) was intended to ensure that there would be no repeat of the last floods. The flood was said to have been the result of water pressure from blocked culverts forcing its way up through the pavements, so if those culverts are now clear, is there any real risk of a repeat? Ian the Beancounter
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7:19pm Fri 15 Nov 13

darwenTower says...

I'm not sure how the council think people should prepare for half the town being under 2 feet of polluted water.

I'd be interested in more details.
I'm not sure how the council think people should prepare for half the town being under 2 feet of polluted water. I'd be interested in more details. darwenTower
  • Score: 3

10:56pm Fri 15 Nov 13

3 for 10p says...

Floods eh, your insurance will pay out, if your insured. Laugh
Floods eh, your insurance will pay out, if your insured. Laugh 3 for 10p
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5:17pm Sat 16 Nov 13

A Darener says...

Sludge gulper finally arrived in Hawkshaw ave, after months of being blocked but A666 down to petrol station gullies still blocked. This will lead to water flooding down to Con club and petrol station.
Sludge gulper finally arrived in Hawkshaw ave, after months of being blocked but A666 down to petrol station gullies still blocked. This will lead to water flooding down to Con club and petrol station. A Darener
  • Score: 3

3:59pm Mon 18 Nov 13

Christine M says...

it might help if all the leaves around Hawkshaw/Oldfield/Fa
lcon Avenue were cleared away. All the drains are getting blocked with the leaves which can only lead to flooding.
it might help if all the leaves around Hawkshaw/Oldfield/Fa lcon Avenue were cleared away. All the drains are getting blocked with the leaves which can only lead to flooding. Christine M
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