Flood recovery update

Flood Recovery update

Since Storm Desmond struck in December 2015 it would be fair to say we’ve been very busy!

Immediately following the floods, we quickly surveyed and prioritised those areas most affected, and found:

  • missing or damaged bridges were in need of replacement or significant repair
  • public paths had surface damage, undercutting or were lost to river action
  • paths had damaged pieces of access furniture, such as gates, stiles, and signposts

All of this left us with a repair bill of £5.8million!

Wain Lane near Troutbeck

After a great deal of preparatory work we were delighted in November 2016 to announce a £3 million grant for ‘Routes to Resilience’, our 21-month flood recovery programme. This funding has come from the Rural Payments Agency’s ‘Cumbria Countryside Access Fund’, using funding from the European Rural Development Programme.

In the Central and South East area we certainly have our fair share of work. In 2016 we carried out vital repairs to a few of the most important sites, such as replacing the Badger Bar bridge at Rydal, at a cost of £23,000 (of which £11,500 was kindly donated by the Friends of the Lake District).

Dipper Bridge at Rydal

Since then we have been costing, writing specifications, seeking consents, writing work programmes and taking on, and training, new staff to deliver this project. You will now start to see them working in the areas of the National Park most badly affected, and we will post regular updates to show the work in progress.

For more information see our web page: Cumbrian floods