Flood Management

Flood alleviation in Flimby – unveiling the next steps

By August 30, 2023 No Comments

Cumberland Council is pleased to update residents and businesses on the next steps of the flood alleviation initiative work in and around Flimby.

In a concerted effort to safeguard Flimby and Maryport from flooding risks, the Environment Agency has generously allocated £1.5 million from its ‘Flood Defence Grant in Aid’ fund, for this project.

Marking an essential milestone, the flood alleviation programme has successfully completed the following tasks:

  • Successful installation of the Penny Gill diversion culvert.
  • Diversion of peak flows from Penny Gill to Furnace Gill.
  • Remediation works to an existing flood gate adjacent to the A596.
  • Elevation of surface water drainage systems in Coniston Avenue’s residential areas.
  • Implementation of additional dams, strategically positioned to slow water flow in the eastern woodland of Flimby.
  • Substantial replacement of a culvert below the A596 at Bragg Beck.

Cubby Construction Limited, will commence operations on the Cat Gill culvert in mid-August. Work will then recommence on the A596 culvert in early October, for approximately two weeks, under a traffic management system.

The next phases of this project will be:

  • Installation of Cat Gill diversion culvert
  • Completion of Bragg Beck Culvert (A596)
  • Construction of Penny Gill flood storage bund

Councillor Denise Rollo, Cumberland Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Sustainable, Resilient and Connected Places, said:

“This flood alleviation work at Flimby is of utmost importance as it aims to provide the highest level of protection for our communities. By mitigating the risks associated with flooding, we can prevent the devastating impact it can have on people’s lives, their homes, and their families.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and support throughout the duration of this project.”

If residents or businesses in the area have any questions, they are advised to contact the Highways Hotline at 0300 373 3736, or email A596.flimby@cumbria.gov.uk

Cumberland Council would like to thank the local community for their support and patience while these flood alleviation improvements are in progress and apologise for any inconvenience caused.