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1-10-2022 From Lynne Jones: Need to concentrate on this, they should not be removing reservoir structures from water sources with climate change. Mothball yes for now but walk away from reservoirs when there have been none built for decades? cumbriacrack 29-09-2022
05-10-2022 Report on sudden heavy rainfall event 30-09-2022 [ Dr Mark Roberts for KFAG ] Comparison of Rainfall Event on 30th September 2022 with other Major Rainfall Events On 30th September a very heavy but relatively short rainfall event occurred over northern Cumbria, and particularly over the Borrowdale area. Significant flooding was experienced in Borrowdale, with the BBC reporting that one farm lost 58 sheep: Sheep 'swept away' during Borrowdale flash flooding - BBC News
01-10-2022 On 30th September a very heavy but relatively short rainfall event occurred over northern Cumbria, and particularly over the Borrowdale area. Significant flooding was experienced in Borrowdale, with the BBC reporting that one farm lost 58 sheep:
01-10-2022 SURVEY from NFF Chief Exec: An ex-colleague of mine now an academic at Queen Mary is running a study looking at long-term targets for flood risk management for England. It’s part of a British Academy fellowship. Would you mind helping him by completing an online survey? Should only take 10-15 minutes. Feel free to forward on to others, eg. Other members of staff.
01-10-2022 SURVEY from NFF Chief Exec: An ex-colleague of mine now an academic at Queen Mary is running a study looking at long-term targets for flood risk management for England. It’s part of a British Academy fellowship. Would you mind helping him by completing an online survey? Should only take 10-15 minutes. Feel free to forward on to others, eg. Other members of staff.
14-10-2022 FLOOD RISK REDUCTION [ Letter from Rod Donington-Smith to “The Keswick Reminder” It is that time of year again when trees shed their leaves, many of which become soggy and end up clogging roadside gutters and gullies (drains). Often gullies cease to take in water off the road simply because their grates are blocked by leaves and other debris a problem that can often be easily resolved by clearing the debris off the grates. It is not so easy when gutters are filled with leaves, which will be quickly washed down to replace the ones that have just been removed! It is better to identify and report highways drainage problems early, including blocked gullies, to Cumbria CC using its website www.cumbria.gov.uk (go to Highways in the roads, travel parking section) or by telephoning 0300 303 2992 rather than waiting until flooding becomes a problem. Due to staff cuts the Council has less staff to monitor its highway drainage systems so is more important than ever for the public to report problems. RDS
28-11-2022-11-2022 Multi Agency Group Meeting. Very useful virtual multi agency meeting earlier this week resulting in a plan to meet up with the council's engineer to tour our key culverts and drains. That way the details of surface water issues can be passed onto the local teams who have to maintain them. Keen to make this work so fingers crossed. Lynne Jones from Facebook KFAG page
16-11-2022-11-2022 NATIONAL FLOOD FORUM AUTUMN NEWS LETTER We hope you enjoy our Autumn 2022 Newsletter with the latest information on new projects, policy and stories from our Flood Action Groups.
16-11-2022 RFCCs … Observations by Siriol Hogg ( From Facebook Group 16th Nov 2022 ) As you may be aware, there are 12 Regional Flood And Coastal Committees in England. RFCC’s members are drawn from the EA /or co-opted from Councils. Having attended a few RFCC’s, I came to realise that there were almost no Flood Action Group Members on them, or women. Council Co-Opted members (in the short time of their tenure) , cannot hope to learn all the many myriad of strands relating to flooding, as It is a huge learning curve. Plus they cannot afford to focus all their time on one subject. Often FLAG members can, because they are mainly made up of people who have been flooded, and are passionate about the subject.. RFCCs are shadowy authorities, largely unknown to Flood Groups Volunteers. Maybe a better way of recruiting cannot be found, but meanwhile at least all of the RFCC’s aught to have ONE member from a FLAG ?
09-11-2022 Lynne Jones: Thirlmere Releases (Additional) Thanks to United Utilities for starting the additional releases from Thirlmere as the level passed 3m. We will need all the storm space if it is a warm wet winter. Doesn't take long for that reservoir to fill up. Drought threats a distant memory.
31-12-2022 Lynne Jones via Facebook: Thirlmere Releases United Utilities started making the additional releases for some storm space at noon today. Going to be a tad wet over the next few days and into next week but currently there are no specific warnings for our area.
07-01-2023 Lynne Jones via Facebook: Thirlmere and Rain Not much wriggle room left in Thirlmere, just 40cms tonight and that will soon be gone I suspect. The Met Office promises another unsettled week ahead as a succession of Atlantic fronts bring regular bouts of rainfall/showers, totals adding up more over and to the west of the Pennines where the majority of the coming week’s rainfall will descend.
24-01-2023 Environmental catastrophe in The Lake District Amazing response to the latest film from the Save Windermere campaign. “Our Fish are Dying” Please continue to share the film across social media as this is the best way to gain traction on the video. The more people that know what happened, the better. We need justice for all the wildlife that we lost on that day on the Cunsey.
14-01-2023 Missing Environment Agency flood Data. Information 'could cost lives' - BBC News Also noticed is that the EA are frantically pumping out the Somerset levels. I wonder if they have done all their environmental studies to find out if they might be causing any damage to any species by protecting communities? One rule for one?
08-01-2023 GOV.UK Site Working together adapting to changing climate - flood and coast. This project explored how authorities work with communities on future planning and decision-making to help reduce flood and coastal erosion risk. Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) research reports’ GOV.UK
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31-01-2023 UNITED UTILITIES Long term plans for Crummock Water, Chapelhouse Reservoir and Overwater. We've been working with key stakeholders including the Environment Agency, Natural England, Lake District National Park Authority, National Trust, landowners, local authorities and other interest groups to develop long-term plans that would maintain access for visitors, while sensitively returning these water bodies back to a more natural state. Before any work begins, we arranged the first in a series of community drop-in sessions in October 2022 to share our initial proposals. We're planning to hold further update sessions in February 2023 on the following dates, with further sessions planned in September 2023. 30-01-2023 Plans to restore Crummock Water back to nature Once all customers in West Cumbria are supplied by the new pipeline from Thirlmere, United Utilities will stop abstraction for public water supply from Crummock Water, Chapelhouse reservoir and OverwaterStart 24-01-2023 Environmental catastrophe in The Lake District Amazing response to the latest film from the Save Windermere campaign. “Our Fish are Dying” Please continue to share the film across social media as this is the best way to gain traction on the video. The more people that know what happened, the better. We need justice for all the wildlife that we lost on that day on the Cunsey. 14-01-2023 Missing Environment Agency flood Data. Information 'could cost lives' - BBC News Also noticed is that the EA are frantically pumping out the Somerset levels. I wonder if they have done all their environmental studies to find out if they might be causing any damage to any species by protecting communities? One rule for one? 08-01-2023 GOV.UK Site Working together adapting to changing climate - flood and coast. This project explored how authorities work with communities on future planning and decision-making to help reduce flood and coastal erosion risk. Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) research reports’ GOV.UK subject.. RFCCs are shadowy authorities, largely unknown to Flood Groups Volunteers. Maybe a better way of recruiting cannot be found, but meanwhile at least all of the RFCC’s aught to have ONE member from a FLAG ? 07-01-2023 Lynne Jones via Facebook: Thirlmere and Rain Not much wriggle room left in Thirlmere, just 40cms tonight and that will soon be gone I suspect. The Met Office promises another unsettled week ahead as a succession of Atlantic fronts bring regular bouts of rainfall/showers, totals adding up more over and to the west of the Pennines where the majority of the coming week’s rainfall will descend. 31-12-2022 Lynne Jones via Facebook: Thirlmere Releases United Utilities started making the additional releases for some storm space at noon today. Going to be a tad wet over the next few days and into next week but currently there are no specific warnings for our area. 09-11-2022 Lynne Jones: Thirlmere Releases (Additional) Thanks to United Utilities for starting the additional releases from Thirlmere as the level passed 3m. We will need all the storm space if it is a warm wet winter. Doesn't take long for that reservoir to fill up. Drought threats a distant memory. 16-11-2022 RFCCs Observations by Siriol Hogg ( From Facebook Group 16th Nov 2022 ) As you may be aware, there are 12 Regional Flood And Coastal Committees in England. RFCC’s members are drawn from the EA /or co- opted from Councils. Having attended a few RFCC’s, I came to realise that there were almost no Flood Action Group Members on them, or women. Council Co-Opted members (in the short time of their tenure) , cannot hope to learn all the many myriad of strands relating to flooding, as It is a huge learning curve. Plus they cannot afford to focus all their time on one subject. Often FLAG members can, because they are mainly made up of people who have been flooded, and are passionate about the subject.. RFCCs are shadowy authorities, largely unknown to Flood Groups Volunteers. Maybe a better way of recruiting cannot be found, but meanwhile at least all of the RFCC’s aught to have ONE member from a FLAG ? 28-11-2022-11-2022 Multi Agency Group Meeting. Very useful virtual multi agency meeting earlier this week resulting in a plan to meet up with the council's engineer to tour our key culverts and drains. That way the details of surface water issues can be passed onto the local teams who have to maintain them. Keen to make this work so fingers crossed. Lynne Jones from Facebook KFAG page 16-11-2022-11-2022 NATIONAL FLOOD FORUM AUTUMN NEWS LETTER We hope you enjoy our Autumn 2022 Newsletter with the latest information on new projects, policy and stories fro m our Flood Action Groups. 01-10-2022 On 30th September a very heavy but relatively short rainfall event occurred over northern Cumbria, and particularly over the Borrowdale area. Significant flooding was experienced in Borrowdale, with the BBC reporting that one farm lost 58 sheep: