A proposal to avert floods involving a pipleline solution in the Lake District to which the EA paid no serious attentiion - was reported in the Sunday Times on August 12.

Will Humphries

August 12 2019, 12:01am, The Times

A Lake District community is accusing the government of betrayal after it blocked a project to prevent the devastating floods that have struck twice in the past decade. People living on the shores of Windermere, including a University College London engineering professor and a hydroelectric company technical director, have designed a pipeline capable of lowering the lake to safe levels during times of flood risk. However, they say that the Environment Agency has refused to spend £10,000 on the computer modelling of their plans to determine the size of pipes needed and cost of building it.

After catastrophic floods in 2009 and 2015, when the lake rose a metre higher than ever before, the Environment Agency spent about £200,000 investigating flood prevention schemes but decided none were financially or environmentally viable.

The local experts from the Windermere Lake Levels Group have come up with a plan to build a 4m x 2m covered water channel above ground which could be opened and closed to lower the lake level. The 4km-long pipeline would begin at Lakeside, on the southern tip of the lake, and follow a disused Victorian railway track before emptying into the River Leven at Backbarrow, which flows into Morecambe Bay. The pipeline could carry 100 cubic metres of water per second and would incorporate a hydroelectric turbine to generate energy.

Paul Wrobel, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said that after years of fighting the Environment Agency had finally accepted that the group’s plan would work, but said it would be too expensive to carry out.

See the whole article here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lake-district-flood-prevention-plan-gets-stuck-in-pipeline-tz3jslr8m

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