Flood defence measures to be revealed at Appleby and Keswick

Date: Friday 23rd June 2017

COMMUNITY drop-in events looking at flood protection measures are due to take place at Appleby and Keswick next week.

On Tuesday, there will be a chance for people to look at future flood risk management in the Appleby, Pooley Bridge and Eamont Bridge catchment areas at the Tufton Arms Hotel, Appleby, from 3pm to 7pm.

Then, on Wednesday, an event at the Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick, from 3pm to 8pm, will look at future flood risk management in Upper Derwent, covering Braithwaite and Keswick.

People will be able to discuss issues with the Environment Agency and also receive advice on personal and community resilience, plus information on the agency’s operational responses to flooding.

Residents will also be able to see an initial, long list of options identified by the agency to reduce flood risk. This is an update on the “appraisal work” which the Government provided £3 million of funding to complete.

From this, the agency will identify a shortlist of preferred options, which will be presented to communities later this year.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Following the devastating damage to homes, businesses, and key infrastructure caused by Storm Desmond in December, 2015, we have developed an extensive list of possible options on how we could better manage flood risk in the future.”

Options for Appleby include installing demountable or temporary barriers along The Sands; creating an upstream storage area by raising the existing banks at Rampkin Pastures; and reprofiling land to ease flows at Holme Farm.

In addition, channel maintenance at Crooks Beck, Warcop, is being looked at involving the removal of woody debris and silt build up. A small defence wall could be constructed at the confluence of Low Gill Beck and Crooks Beck.

There is also an option to construct a bypass channel between the rivers Eamont and Lowther to divert the flow of water away from vulnerable areas.

And, in the Keswick area, an option to use Thirlmere reservoir to provide flood storage for the town is under investigation.

Environment Agency flood risk manager Andy Brown said: “We have made a commitment to local residents and the organisations we work in partnership with, to ensure they are included in the decision-making process. These are options — nothing is set in stone.”