Liz was a Pendle flood hero

Liz Kayley, a Pendle Council Park Keeper. (S)
Liz Kayley, a Pendle Council Park Keeper. (S)
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A Pendle Council park keeper has been singled out for praise from councillors for her efforts during the recent flood.

The efforts of Liz Kayley were highlighted at the full meeting of Pendle Council after the early December deluge which saw widespread flooding across the borough.

Coun. David Whipp told councillors how she had gone out on her own shutting gates to keep people out of Victoria Park on the Barrowford and Nelson boundary as the flood waters rose rapidly in torrential rain.

He said she had had to run as fast as she could to evade “a wall of water which came rushing towards her”.

The praise was part of a motion proposed by Coun. Whipp expressing sympathy for those affected by Storm Desmond and thanking members of council staff and other agencies whose actions helped minimise the impact of flooding on Pendle residents after weeks of persistent heavy rain.

Coun. Whipp said he hoped work by Lancashire County Council would resolve flooding at Foulridge which saw the A56 underwater three times in seven days.

The motion was carried calling on the government “to provide adequate resources to enable effective flood defences to be built to protect people and properties at risk”.

Coun. Christian Wakeford told the meeting that the river level in Barrowford was recorded at 3.44m. breaking the previous recorded highest level of 3.07m, and called for regular clearing of gulleys.

Coun. Tony Greaves said the park flooding was in effect the “flood plain doing its job” after it was created following an incident in 1968 but that “protection from flooding should not be forgotten”.