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Cockermouth Flood Emergency Response Plan by Environment Agency

Cockermouth Flood Emergency Response Plan by Environment Agency

  • The works included strengthening a 50m section on the riverside retaining wall.
  • The Environment Agency is now planning for permanent repairs.

Cockermouth has completed emergency works on a riverside retaining wall, strengthening winter flood defenses.

Following the rainstorm on the 28th of October 2021 and subsequent high water levels on the River Cocker River, approximately 50m worth of riverside retaining wall fell into river. This exposed the foundations for the existing flood defence walls. This did not increase flood danger for the community, but made the defence more vulnerable to flooding in future weather events.

Environment Agency contractors carried out emergency work. This included the use a crane to place stones bags in the river in front the flood wall. This prevents erosion and undermining the wall from future high flows. An interim flood defense was also installed in the former police station yard.

Environment Agency Matt Crump, Operations Manager in Cumbria, said:

We had significant rainfall on the 28th of October last year, and our thoughts and prayers are with those still affected.

After the flood waters subsided, we quickly inspected all our flood defences and assets and put together plans to repair any damages. I am pleased to report that the initial works have been completed in Cockermouth. This was a major repair that allowed us to strengthen flood defenses in Cockermouth while we look for permanent solutions.

As winter approaches, I also want to emphasize how important it is to be aware of how flooding can affect you and how to keep your loved ones, property, and possessions safe. Go to or search for “know my flood risk” to sign up to Environment Agency flood warnings. You will receive information about the flood risk in your area, as well as what to do in case of flooding.

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