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How would you like £72 million to be spent on flood defences?

Emergency workers rescue two women from floodwater on Warwick Road, Carlisle Photo: PA

Residents in Cumbria are being asked for their opinions on the best ways to spend £72 million on improved flood defences in the county.

The Environment Agency is holding 15 feedback sessions in the catchment areas of the Eden, Derwent, and Kent and Levens rivers in Cumbria.

The first of the sessions is being held in Carlisle today.

£72m
has been allocated to Cumbria by the government following storms Desmond and Eva in 2015.
Flooding in Grasmere, Cumbria after 18 hours of heavy rain Credit: PA

The sessions follow on from community events held in summer 2017, where residents had the opportunity to see the options for future flood risk management.

Residents will be given the opportunity to see a short list of refined options, ensuring the right schemes are put in place for the right communities.

The work has been carried out by teams of engineers, economists and environmental professionals.

Credit: PA

Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, Andy Brown said:

We continue to work in partnership at a county, catchment and community scale to find the best ways to manage flood risk to residents and businesses across Cumbria.

We strongly encourage residents to come along to the sessions. We are providing people with opportunities to bring local knowledge and to share their views."

– Andy Brown, Flood Risk Manager, Environment Agency

Information will be available online after the drop in sessions here.