Be prepared message for Broughton

Over 2,500 homes in Broughton, Salford will receive booklets next week (week commencing Monday 10 January) on preparing for flooding in case the River Irwell overflows.

Salford City Council first issued the booklet in 2015 after the Boxing Day floods when Greater Manchester had 36 hours of sustained rain. The risk is now much reduced thanks to the new £10 million flood basin, which has already proved itself in major storms but the possibility of the river overflowing and affecting homes and businesses can never be ruled out.

The updated booklet will be delivered to all those who live in the flood risk zone and encourages them to sign up for government flood alerts and plan what documents and items they would need to take if they should have to evacuate.

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment, neighbourhoods and community safety, said people should not panic on receiving the booklet but it was always wise to be prepared.

“There are now two flood basins on the River Irwell which are designed to protect homes. The second flood basin alone has the capacity to hold the equivalent of 250 Olympic sized swimming pools and, in 2015, although not fully operational then, it did protect the area from more widespread flooding,” he said.

“But, with climate change bringing more extreme weather we can never rule out the possibility of the River Irwell flooding and that could happen at any time of the day or night. We saw river levels rise over Christmas, triggering an alert.

“Better that people have thought about what they would need to do if the worst should happen and never have to put those plans into action than having to react suddenly to a frightening situation. The booklet is designed to help them prepare and plan.”

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Date published
Friday 7 January 2022

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