Businesses in Kendal have been told they can get financial compensation if they have been impacted by flood defence work.

Establishments that have been directly affected by the construction of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme will have to first show proof of a loss of earnings.

The Environment Agency has reminded local business owners that they can submit their claims now if they 'suffer a demonstrable financial loss'.

A spokesperson from the agency said: "We are doing everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum and are offering compensation where businesses can show their loss of earnings, directly impacted by our work.

"The flood scheme is a major engineering project involving extensive construction work that requires road and path closures at times to ensure public safety.

“Once the scheme is completed it will provide better protection to more than 1,100 local businesses and 1,400 homes."

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To help businesses, the Environment Agency has a business resilience guide available online, with specific commercial information about how to be more resistant to and prepared for flooding.

The guide will also show how to apply for compensation where they are experiencing a direct loss of earnings due to the construction of the flood defences and can demonstrate the losses through their accounts.

The Business Resilience Guide is now available online, via the Kendal Flood Hub.

The flood protection will save £725 million from future flood damage and represents a £277 million benefit to the local economy according to the Environment Agency.

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Kendal is the first area to receive the work, followed by Burneside, Staveley, and Ings, before upstream measures will be introduced including flood storage.

Business owners who would like more information about compensation or who would like to make a claim should email

They can also call into the Community Flood Scheme Information Hub in Beezon Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00am and 4:30pm to speak to a member of the team.