Vandalism of substation threatens flood defences in Salford

Vandalism of substation threatens flood defences in Salford

Flood defences installed to provide improved flood protection to almost 2,000 homes in Salford after the 2015 Boxing Day floods are under threat due to vandalism of a local electricity substation.

The substation powers the sluice gates designed to remove 1 Million Cubic Metres of water, equivalent to 400 Olympic swimming pools, as part of the Environment Agency's, £10 million Castle Irwell Salford Flood Storage Basin protecting homes in Salford.

Operated by the region's power network operator, Electricity North West, the substation has been vandalised three times in six weeks putting both lives and the flood defences at great risk.

Sean Leape, area manager for Electricity North West, said: "Entering any of our electricity substations is extremely dangerous and the people breaking in to this substation are putting both themselves and others in great danger, as well as putting the essential flood defences at risk.

"We're urging the local community to report any safety concerns to us straight away.

"We'll continue to work closely with the Environment Agency and the police to put in place extra safety measures to protect the substation to help ensure power continues to work the flood defences, especially as we're coming into the winter months."

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