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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Bid to stop repeat of flooding in Keswick

Stranded:  The river Greta burst its banks in  2005

By Ross Brewster

THE Environment Agency is to carry out a review to try to stop flooding in Keswick.

The Keswick Flood Action Group, set up after the serious problems caused by the January 2005 floods, is hoping for a public meeting in November to look at options contained in an Agency report.

The western side of Keswick was seriously hit by the last big floods when residents had to be rescued from their homes and vehicles were left stranded.

The flood also caused massive damage to Keswick Rugby Club at Davidson Park.

The viability study aims to develop a long-term approach to managing flooding in the catchment area and will take into account social, technical, economic and environmental factors.

A report which went before Keswick Town Council last week said the findings will be used to help find a solution to flooding in the town.

The Environment Agency has set out a list of eight options, one of which is to raise the height of Thirlmere Dam.

Town councillor Martin Jordan, said: “Had water been let out at Thirlmere in a controlled manner in anticipation of the expected heavy rain in January 2005 the floods in Keswick may not have happened.”

The council has been asked to indicate its interest in each of the options. However members were concerned that they could not understand the significance of each of the schemes and their effects on the surrounding areas.

Councillor John Walker said: “I don't know how we could possibly make any decision on these options without a briefing by a professional on the implications not just for Keswick, but other areas including St John's in the Vale.”

Councillors are to invite the Environment Agency to a meeting in November.



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