A year has passed since construction began on Kendal’s multi-million pound flood risk management scheme.
Since work began in 2021, the Environment Agency (EA) and contractors Volker Stevin have completed flood protection works at Dockray Hall, Romney Gardens, Natland Road, Clarks and Helsington Mills.
The £76million investment in new Kendal defenses is part of a record £5.2billion funding commitment for flood and coastal programs to better protect 336,000 properties in across the country.
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The scheme has been designed with residents, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, Kendal Town Council and United Utilities.
And when complete, it is hoped the defenses will better protect 1,400 homes and 1,100 businesses from flooding.
A total of 6 km of defenses will cross the town using a combination of locally sourced stone finished walls, grass embankments and embedded sections of glass panels.
Work has begun and is progressing well, according to EA, at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Waterside Flats and along Busher Walk and the city’s Benson and Sandes neighborhood.
Construction will soon begin at Sandaire House.
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A number of natural flood management projects have been delivered in the upper Kent catchment, along with an environmental improvement program and planting projects in the town.
The agency has also started delivering on its commitment to deliver over 4,000 trees in the city and over 15,000 trees across the Kent catchment.
Stewart Mounsey, Head of Floods and Coastal Hazards for Cumbria at the Environment Agency, said: ‘It is great news for the people of Kendal that five areas of the town now have better flood protection.
“Our thanks go out to the residents and businesses of Kendal for their patience while we carry out this essential work.
“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we cannot prevent all flooding. It is essential that everyone knows the threat facing them and how to keep their loved ones, property and possessions safe. Visit the Gov.uk website or search ‘know my flood risk’ to sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings, receive information about the risk in your area and what to expect. what to do in case of flooding: https://check-for-flooding. service.gov.uk.
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Councilor Jonathan Cornthwaite said: ‘As chair of the Kendal Council’s Flood Relief Program Task Force, I would like to endorse the work the Environment Agency has done so far on the various sections of Kendal and the improvement works in progress.
“We look forward to continuing our interaction with the Environment Agency in the future, remembering that the overriding time factor in this program is always the need to safeguard and protect the homes and businesses of residents who have been severely affected in 2015 by storm Desmond.”
MP Tim Farron said: “The impacts of the floods on people’s livelihoods and mental health here in Kendal have been devastating. That’s why it’s really great to see significant work being done across our city to protect homes and businesses from flooding.