York & North Yorkshire

Skipton flood defence improvement work begins

Eller Beck in Skipton Image copyright N CHADWICK
Image caption New flood walls will be constructed and existing ones will be raised

Work to improve flood defences in a North Yorkshire town is under way.

The Environment Agency is improving flood walls and building new ones at four sites in Skipton.

The work, part of a £13m flood alleviation scheme, will improve protection to around 500 homes at risk of flooding from Eller Beck and Waller Hill Beck.

The scheme also includes creating two flood storage areas to slow the flow of water from surrounding hills.

Those are due to be completed by early 2017.

The town centre work at Eller Beck on Broughton Road, Ginnell Mews behind Newmarket Street, Devonshire Place and at Spindle Mill should be completed by June.

Skipton is vulnerable to flooding from Eller Beck and Waller Hill Beck, which often swell very quickly after heavy rain.

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