New flood defences for Cockermouth are being unveiled by the Environment Agency today.
The 120-metre wide innovative self-closing barriers have been installed to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 400 homes and businesses in the town.
"We are delighted that Cockermouth's flood defences are now complete, reducing the risk of flooding to 361 local homes and 55 businesses. It also marks the first time a self-closing flood barrier has been used to protect a community in the UK.
"This project has been driven by the community and we would like to encourage residents and businesses to come along and share this special occasion with us."
– Adam Walsh, Flood Team Leader, Environment Agency