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Kendal residents urged to prepare for flash flooding
9:17am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
KENDAL residents are being urged to prepare for flash flooding with a series of events over the next two weeks.
The River Kent and Stock Beck flow down short, steep-sided valleys meaning parts of the town are at risk of flooding with little or no warning.
The Environment Agency alongside Cumbria County Council (CCC) are staging several events to ensure that householders and businesses know what to do and can react quickly in that situation.
Starting on Monday a ‘pop up shop’ will run at Kendal Town Hall for three days, crammed with a photographic history of the town’s flooding.
There will be further awareness events at Kendal’s Asda and Booths supermarkets during the week.
This will be followed by a town centre event at the Birdcage on Friday 8th November, where Environment Agency staff will be on hand to talk to people about recognising the signs of flash flooding, how to prepare and what actions to take if a flash flood occurs.
A community drop-in meeting where individuals can find out more about their own flood risk and see how they can get involved in a local emergency plan will also be held at the Town Hall on November 13 from 3-8pm.
The Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Manager for Cumbria, Andy Brown, said: “Kendal already has some flood defences in place, but it would be impossible to build flood defences big enough to contain a major flash flood along the River Kent and Stock Beck.
“We are doing what we can to continue reducing flood risk in the town, but it is essential local people know the signs of flash flooding, and know what to do if flash flooding occurs, so they can react quickly.”
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