Environment Agency teams will be conducting an exercise in Kendal later today, to test the deployment of temporary flood barriers, which could be deployed prior to a flood to help protect people and properties in Kendal.
The agency say it's committed to reducing flood risk in communities across Cumbria, and this exercise will help test the deployment of flood barriers along Busher Walk, Kendal.
It comes after thousands of people were misplaced and hundreds of properties destroyed after Storm Desmond hit the region in December 2015.
Busher Walk is one of nine locations in the town where we are investigating the use of a temporary barrier. If all locations are found to be suitable, these barriers could help reduce the risk of flooding to 500 or more properties in total across Kendal.
Nationally there is a total of 40km of temporary barriers, and 250 high volume pumps, stored around the country. The barriers can be transported quickly to locations when they are needed to reduce the impact of flooding to homes and businesses.
This exercise will allow Environment Agency staff to practice and test our barrier deployment plan for Busher Walk, gaining valuable training experience as well as the opportunity to identify ways in which we can further refine our plans. This in turn will enable us to better respond during floods.
The clean up will begin in some parts of Lancashire after heavy rainfall caused flooding overnight.
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service were called to properties in Blackpool and Lancaster on Wednesday evening. The fire service said no rescues were made.
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The Environment Agency will be testing temporary flood barriers in Kendal later.
The barriers, which could be deployed prior to a flood, have the potential to protect 500 properties in the area.
It's hoped the exercise will enable better response during flooding
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