Gravel removal work is set to start at various points along the River Greta near High Hill in Keswick.
The work, which is expected to take three months, is due to start on Monday to remove the gravel deposited by storms Ciara and Dennis in February at three points on the river from the Pencil Mill bend along Crosthwaite Road, under Greta Bridge and further along the channel at alongside Greta Grove.
Lynne Jones, chairman of Keswick Flood Action Group said she had been emailing and sending photos of the gravel build up to the Environment Agency (EA) since early April. However, the agency is only permitted to work on gravel removal in the river from June to September.
She said : “The EA are aware there is a tree buried in the gravel downstream of the bridge which is hardly helpful and the gravel deposits are so bad below the bridge that this time they are actually going to take some out there as well.
“There is a stretch of gravel bank which almost reaches the rugby club field beyond Elliott Park,” she added.
A spokesman for the EA said: “Due to the amount of gravel which has been deposited it is anticipated the works will take approximately three months to complete.”