Good news this week in Cumbria, proving that flood defence measures CAN reduce or avoid the devastating impact of flooding.
Reported in the Cumbrian News & Star, Station road in Wigton was badly affected by flooding, including the Fire Station. However where flood protection measures had been taken, the worst was avoided.
Peter Graham, 55, has lived in Station Road since 2002 and has seen the beck flood 10 times. He built a wall around his property and installed a flood gate. “If not [for that] I would have been flooded all the time,” he said
A tarmac flood ramp built in 2013 at Miller Park, a business park off Station Road which is prone to flooding, was tested for the first time.
Owner Michael Miller said: “It’s worked admirably. All the properties are fully safe and we’re delighted.”
So the lesson is, “Don’t just get prepared, get protected too”.