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Grasmere flooding meeting to take place

Flooding in Grasmere. Credit: Jo Spencer/Jeff Moore/PA Images

People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to prevent the village from being affected by future flooding.

The area was badly affected by the floods of Storm Desmond in December 2015, and was also left cut off by the destruction of the A591 road.

At a public meeting this evening, local people will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council.

What you need to know: Grasmere flood recommendations

People in Grasmere are being given the chance to learn about the work that needs to be done to protect the village and surrounding area from future flooding.

90 properties were affected by flooding in December 2015 as a result of high water levels in the River Rothay, Easedale Beck, Greenhead Gill and Grasmere Lake.

At a public meeting this evening (Monday 20th February), locals will be given a copy of the latest flood investigation report - a study carried out by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council into why the area flooded in December 2015.

The report looks at what, when and why the flooding results and identifies recommendations to minimise future flooding.

It says the earliest record of flooding affecting Grasmere is in the 1670s, and flooding was recorded again in 1967, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2015.

Despite this there are currently no formal flood defences in the village. It is expected to recommend:

  • Investigate options to improve highway drainage across A591. Extended closure of this road had a major impact on the local economy.
  • Develop options to provide advance warning of possible flooding.
  • Implement flood resilience measures within flooded properties. Grants are available to homeowners to help them better protect their homes.
  • Explore opportunities for engineered and natural flood management solutions to be used upstream of Grasmere to slow the flow and manage peak river levels.
  • Review drainage and sewage systems.

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'Phenomenal difference' for businesses as A591 opens

Heaton Cooper Studio Credit: Heaton Cooper Studio

The re-opening of a flood-damaged Lake District road has made a "phenomenal difference" to businesses, local communities have told ITV Border.

Becky Heaton Cooper, who runs the Heaton Cooper Studio and art gallery in Grasmere, says her business was hit hard by the five month closure of the A591.

But she says the re-opening of the road has given her business an immediate boost.

There has been a phenomenal difference. It's like someone has turned a light back on.

– Becky Heaton Cooper

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