Cumbria County Council has secured the investment following submission and approval of a business case to the Environment Agency’s ‘Flood Defence Grant in Aid’ fund to deliver the works.
The project will reduce the risk of flooding to properties in the Flimby community, which has been badly affected by flooding in the past, with Storm Desmond in December 2015 causing significant damage and disruption to local property and residents. The proposed project will reduce the risk of flooding from nearby watercourses and surface water that affects the village.
The council has successfully attracted £1m in funding for the project, with the potential to apply to a further ‘risk fund’ of £500,000, should additional funding be required to complete the project.
The council’s business case is based on an outline design for a package of flood defence works across the village.
The works consist of the following:
Flimby is a complex flooding landscape and delivering a package of proposed solutions which will have the greatest impact within the funds available is complex. The project has been designed to a ‘1 in 75-year event’ and will reduce the risk of flooding to a significant proportion of properties within the village but will not, unfortunately, prevent all flooding – particularly where rainfall exceeds the design flood level.
The final stages of appointing a ‘design and construction’ contractor is now underway to move the project forward. Alongside the council, the contractor will aim to complete the detailed design of project works and secure any necessary permissions for the project during the spring of 2021. It is likely that some survey and ground investigations in fields and highways in and around Flimby will be necessary. The council will work with landowners and farmers to keep disruption to a minimum.
The local community will be informed as the project progresses and any disruption as a result of the works required to deliver the flood alleviation project will be kept to a minimum.
Article taken from: https://news.cumbria.gov.uk/News/2018/majorfloodpreventionprojectflimby.aspx