A NEW £500,000 Environment Agency project is under way to reduce the risk of Saltney homes being flooded.
The three-month mission to replace two ‘trash screens’ by the pumping station at Balderton Brook on River Lane, Saltney, comes as residents and councillors demanded action to dredge the stream which runs through the town.
Bretton farmer Peter Chadwick wrote to Saltney Town Clerk Alan Thorniley to raise concerns about the lack of maintenance on the brook through urban and meadow areas.
Mr Chadwick said: “The dredging of the main Balderton Brook has been abandoned. Through the built-up areas it has not been dredged properly for more than 20 years.
“It is so overgrown water from the business park and Eccleston cannot find its way to the river.”
Mr Chadwick joined several residents at a Saltney Town Council meeting to relay their fears.
Len Dulson, secretary for the Flood Prevention Society, said: “If we are not careful, it will cause more problems in urban areas.”
David Edwell, area manager for Environment Agency Wales, spoke about the new screens. He said: “The screens are vital to prevent debris carried downstream from damaging the pumping station.
“The whole area is unique because it is largely reclaimed tidal land, below the level of high tide, and people here rely on this complex network to prevent regular flooding.
“As a result of this work, people in this part of Saltney are now at less risk of flooding.”
The agency has asked residents to clear Balderton Brook and other drainage channels of debris.
Mr Edwell added: “Local people can also help reduce their flood risk by reporting any fly-tipped rubbish which may be blocking the drains. In the past we have removed tyres, television sets, mattresses and fridges from these vital drainage channels.”
The Environment Agency’s free, 24-hour emergency hotline is 0800 80 70 60.