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In August 2019, work began on the new flood risk management scheme in Rickerby, Cumbria.
The Rickerby Flood Risk Management Scheme, developed by the Environment Agency, will reduce flood risk for residents who were flooded during Storm Desmond in 2015.
Stuart Mounsey, the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for Cumbria, said:
“The community of Rickerby was severely impacted by flooding during the winter of 2015. I’m pleased that after close consultation with both the Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Councils that we are now able to commence construction works on what will prove to be a significant flood defence scheme for the residents of this community. The Rickerby Flood Risk Management Scheme is an important part of our investment across the city of Carlisle to improve our resilience to the devastating impacts of flooding.”
Now complete, the flood defences will reduce the risk of flooding to 34 properties in Rickerby Village up to the water levels experienced during Storm Desmond in winter 2015.
The impacts of Storm Ciara and Dennis in February 2020 have further highlighted the flood risk in Rickerby, however, these did not significantly impact the construction programme. The defences have been watertight since the end of September 2020, with work continuing in details of safety handrails and landscaping.