Floods Minister Rory Stewart has today published the emerging Cumbria Flood Action Plan.
The plan, which was developed by our Catchment Directors in liaison with the Cumbria Floods Partnership, sets out the short term actions being undertaken to reduce flood risk to 4,300 homes in the county, as well as proposed long term actions that will reduce flood risk for generations to come.
The plan considers flood risk management along the length of Cumbrian river catchments, looking at what can be done to slow the flow of water upstream – such as temporarily storing flood water in reservoirs, tree planting or changing the way land is managed - as well as downstream actions such as building flood defences or removing gravel
The plan strikes a balance between our investments in flood defences and other government investments in the environment, farming and water quality.
Further details are available in the attached press release and interviews are available by calling our press office using the details below.
The action plan, a summary document explaining our vision and highlighting key actions, as well as a series of community action tables are available on Gov.uk here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cumbria-flood-action-plan
Iesha Thomas | Communications Officer