Flood Risk in Flimby

Flimby is a village located on the West Coast of Cumbria between Workington and Maryport with a population of approximately 2000 people. The village grew around its coal mining industry. Inland from the coast, the land rises steeply for approximately 2-3 kilometres, reaching the hill crest where the sources of the watercourses can be found. Flimby has a long record of flooding from Penny Gill and Flimby Gill (Barrel Arch) which flow through culverts under the village and railway embankment before discharging out at sea. Flimby is also vulnerable to surface water flooding. Flimby was badly affected by flooding in December 2015 when 100 properties were inundated and roads became impassable.

Project working Group

A working group has been established to look at a partnership approach to reduce flood risk to Flimby. Currently the following organisations are represented on the working group:

  • Environment Agency (Chair)
  • Cumbria County Council
  • CH2M consultants
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust
  • Farmer Network
  • Forestry Commission
  • Flimby Flood Action Group and local community representation
  • United Utilities

Updated hydrological models are informing options for reducing flood risk to Flimby. The Environment Agency and their consultants are leading on appraising options for engineered solutions including up-sizing of culverts, diverting watercourses and creating new surface water drainage channels to provide additional storage.

Natural Flood Management Project

West Cumbria Rivers Trust are currently working with landowners to identify opportunities for natural flood management interventions to store water in the landscape during flood events. So far, sites have been identified for a bunded storage areas and several leaky dams as well as opportunities for hedgerow planting and creating riparian buffer strips. The installation of these features will be funded through the DEFRA  NFM programme and their effectiveness will be monitored by Lancaster University.

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