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Army work to improve Glenridding's flood resilience

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The military and the UK International Search and Rescue Team have been hard at work in Cumbria - repairing damage at Greenside Mine above Glenridding, making the site more resilient to future storms.

Greenside used to be one of the biggest lead mines in the world. Now, the multi-agency team is working to make sure materials and contaminants from the old mines don't end up in the village.

Through the mine site itself, we had a huge flow of water but fortunately we didn't have a big movement of material so we managed to withstand Storm Desmond, but who knows what the future will bring.

So we need to make sure all of our drainage is working really effectively to carry us through future storms."

– Martin Lord, Lake District National Park
The army are working to make the old mine site secure. Credit: ITV Border

Reservists from 75 Engineer Regiment under 42 Brigade have spent 10 days on Greenside repairing damage from the storm and making the mine site more resilient.

The international search and rescue team have been brought in to move huge stones, so that a wall can be rebuilt using them - each boulder weighs between 50 and 60kilograms.

A major part of the project has been lining a 200 metre channel, which will divert water away from contaminated land.

A 200metre channel will be used to divert water away from contaminated land. Credit: ITV Border

The village of Glenridding was repeatedly battered by storms in December and January.

The extreme rainfall sent water roaring down the steep valley surrounding the village, devastating homes and businesses.