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Dredging started near Pencil Factory site after Storm Callum

26 October 2018

Dredging River Greta 2018

The recent whirlwind visit of Storm Callum brought 1000 tons of gravel to the Pencil Mill bend – a trigger point for flooding in the town - on the doorstep of Keswick Ministries' pencil factory site.
The Environment Agency has started dredging the area and is expected to complete the work over the next two weeks. The landowner, Keswick Ministries, has given access to the dredging area via the pencil factory mill and is providing some of the overspill car park as a site compound in order to facilitate the work.
“The work is being carried out by the Environment Agency’s Field Services Team and is set out to increase channel capacity and reduce flood risk to properties in Keswick.” says Adrian Bacon from the Environment Agency. “The recent storm brought in approximately 50 truck-loads of gravel which will now be taken to a local quarry and recycled into aggregate.”
“We are thankful for the Environment Agency’s work on the river bend and appreciate the quick action they have taken.” David Sawday, COO, Keswick Ministries.