Work on the flood defences at Clarks as part the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme are now complete. The area now benefits from 114m of flood defences and a new flood wall, as well as a range of community improvements with an area of grassland restored and a seating area reinstated.
The £76million flood scheme will see a number of landscaping, planting and environmental benefits throughout the town as works continue to progress. Seven trees and a grass seed mix have been carefully planted at Clarks providing ideal habitats for local wildlife.
When complete, the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme will better protect 1,400 homes and 1,100 business from flooding.
Stewart Mounsey, Flood Risk Manager for Cumbria said,
“Since construction started in the town in February 2021, flood defence work has been completed at four key locations – Dockray Hall, Romney Gardens, Natland Road and now Clarks. We conclude our work this year by continuing with our commitment to improve the river corridor and plant over 4,000 trees across the town.
“Work on site will be coming to a close for the Christmas period over the next few days and we will be back in town in early January with construction continuing at Parish Church and Waterside Flats. Construction works will also be starting at Busher Walk and Beezon Fields which is scheduled to start early in the New Year.”
With winter approaching it’s vital everyone knows how flooding can affect them and how to keep loved ones, property and possession safe. Go to the Gov.uk website or search ‘know my flood risk’ to sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings, receive information on the risk in your area and what to do in a flood.