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Steep valley sent water roaring into Glenridding

The steep valley runs from Glenridding, all the way up to Hellvelyn Photo: ITV Border

The village of Glenridding was repeatedly battered by storms in December and January, causing widespread devastation across the area for both families and businesses.

Six months later, the Environment Agency is highlighting how topography remains a key flooding cause for the village.

Topography refers to how the land is shaped.

The mountainous valley is extremely steep, all the way from Glenridding up to Helvellyn. And there's a very short distance for the water to travel off the valley before it hits Glenridding.

The scene at Glenridding in December Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

It's the combination of a relatively short distance, coming from the extremely steep valley sides.

'It meant the water travelled extremely quickly and picked up a lot of debris and boulders which actually increased the destructive event.

'Where the land starts to flatten out, it just deposited all of the material.

Long term, we're looking at tree planting areas, land management in some of the headwaters, storage and whether we can divert some of that energy to relieve itself before it hits some of the crucial areas.'

– Kathryn Tanner, Flood Recovery Manager, Environment Agency

On December 6 2015, Charles Sproson from Mountain Run, captured this dramatic close up footage of the landslide at Red Tarn Beck on his mobile:

You could just feel it coming through the floor. We could feel it in the floor of our house, you could feel it outside, you could feel it in the garden. You could just feel the thumping boulders trundling past.

– Charles Sproson, local resident

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