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

Emergency workers rescue two women from floodwater on Warwick Road, Carlisle Credit: 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.

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.

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Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, Andy Brown said:

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