Environment Agency to hold flood drop-ins across Cumbria

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Storm Desmond. Caldewgate, December 2015.
Storm Desmond. Caldewgate, December 2015.

Opening culverts, dredging waterway, raising defences and lowering river beds are among the options being considered as part of future flood plan.

The possible options on how flood risk in Cumbria could be better managed have been developed by the Environment Agency and published.

The extensive list, which is available to view as an interactive map online, includes a range of possible options identified for each community and catchment area.

The agency is working with the Eden, Derwent and west Cumbria catchments.

It has also undertaken work with the Kent and Leven catchments in south Cumbria.

Each area has identified options which have been categorised into four key themes - upstream management, strengthening defences, maintenance and resilience.

And each option has also been outlined as complete, ongoing, possible or unlikely.

The Environment Agency is hosting a string of drop-in events across the county.

A spokeswoman said: "These events are an opportunity for you to discuss future flood risk management with us and also receive advice on personal and community resilience and information on our operational responses to flooding."

They are at:

  • Tufton Arms Hotel, Appleby, 3pm-7pm, Tuesday, June 27. Upper Eden catchment – Appleby, Pooley Bridge and Eamont Bridge.
  • Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick, 3pm-8pm, Wednesday, June 28. Upper Derwent - Braithwaite and Keswick.
  • Christ Church, Cockermouth, 3pm-8pm, Friday, June 30. Lower Derwent and west Cumbria - Cockermouth, Workington, Flimby, Maryport and Wigton.
  • Greystone Community Centre, Carlisle, 3pm-8pm, July 4. Lower Eden - Warwick Bridge, Low Crosby, Rickerby and Carlisle.
  • The Sands Centre, Carlisle, 3pm-8pm, July 6. Lower Eden - Warwick Bridge, Low Crosby, Rickerby and Carlisle.

To view the list of options, visit http://bit.ly/2r031CP.

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