A flood-hit village will receive a £1.5m grant to construct defences that will reduce the risk of flooding to over 459 local homes and businesses.

Croston, which has flooded regularly in the past due to high rainfall causing the River Yarrow to burst its banks, will get the investment from the Environment Agency to improve flood defences in the area.

Last year, Croston flooded in June and September as more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours causing the River Yarrow to overtop its banks.

More than 1,000 sandbags were issued on each occasion and was involved in the large-scale clean up after the village centre found itself under two feet of water.

Chorley Council chairs the Making Space For Water Group, which is made up of representatives from the Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and United Utilities.

It is also involved in and regularly consults with the Croston Flood Action Group on measures to tackle flooding in the area Councillor Terry Brown, who oversees flooding issues for Chorley Council, said: “To get this funding is fantastic news and we’re sure it will delight the many families and business owners in Croston who have suffered in previous years because of the effects of flooding.”