Cumbria

River Rothay gravel removed after Grasmere floods

Gravel removal from River Rothay Image copyright Environment Agency
Image caption It has taken three months to remove all the gravel

More than 1,200 tonnes of gravel deposited in a river in Cumbria during December's floods have been removed.

The work at various locations in the River Rothay in and around Grasmere will reduce the risk of blockages leading to further flooding.

It also allows the repaired flood defence to operate more efficiently.

Recovery work by the Environment Agency took three months and was hampered by the severity of the damage and limited access for diggers and trucks.

Image copyright Environment Agency
Image caption Access to the sites where the gravel had been deposited presented problems

Howard Lawton, from the Environment Agency, said: "To allow us access to remove the deposits in the river, we had to take down part of the bank, which we have now rebuilt.

"The final stage of the project was to repair this damage on the farm land, enabling it to return to agricultural use."

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