Dovenby Village

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Drainage levels & flood risk Dovenby houses near Dovenby Beck

Cumbria County Council Drainage Officer Mr Harrison very kindly measured the difference in height between the new hole in the wall of bridge 2 by Lanefoot Cottage to the packhorse bridge.  Height differences between Lanefoot and Dovenby Cottage doors and the bridges were then measured.  This has helped us to understand the drainage heights and make our own preparations and defences.  The flash flood of December 3rd 2015 was enough to touch our doorstep, but fortunately not enough to flood the house.

The measurements show there is a fall of 2.315 metres between Lanefoot lowest doorway to the top of the packhorse bridge and 3.9 metres from Lanefoot lowest point to the normal low point of Dovenby Beck below the packhorse bridge.  These heights were reached on December 3rd 2015 but did not enter the house to flood it because the drive, doorways and floor levels were raised after 2005 and the floor is now solid concrete and not a suspended wooden floor.