Work begins on £76 million Kendal flood defences - more than five years after Storm Desmond​

More than five years after Storm Desmond, work has officially begun on Kendal's £76 million flood defences. It is hoped the scheme will protect more than 1400 homes and over one thousand businesses.

More homes were flooded in the town than anywhere else in Cumbria in 2015. Kendal has been granted the most money, but it has taken longer for building to start there than in other areas. And the project continues to divide opinion.

Keith Ashcroft, the Environment Agency's Area Director for Cumbria and Lancashire, explains how the scheme will work.

He said: "The first job is repairing and strengthening this old flood defences wall.

"They'll then move around Kendal over the next two and a half years which includes putting in the new sections of wall, hoping to have it all in by Autumn 2023.

"This is phase one, they're already designing phases two and three, hoping to put in for planning by next Spring with the aim to start building next year."

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