Cockermouth resident feels 'vindicated' by government

A Cumbrian man who's campaigned for rivers to be dredged to prevent flooding says he feels vindicated by the government's announcement that it should be used more in future. Ministers have been speaking after the flooding in Somerset.

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Flooding victim feels 'vindicated' by government's dredging announcement

A man from Cumbrian man who's campaigned for rivers to be dredged to prevent flooding says he feels vindicated by the government's announcement that it should be used more in future.

The issue has been dominating the political agenda, because of the severe flooding in Somerset.

Adrian Goldstein's home in Cockermouth was one of hundreds that were flooded in 2009.

He believes it wouldn't have happened if the stretch of river outside his house had been cleared of debris.

Tim Backshall reports

Dredging 'had to happen'

A Cumbrian flood victim has spoken out about the government's apparent U-turn on dredging.

Adrian Goldstein has campaigned for rivers to be dredged to prevent flooding for years after his home, and hundreds of others, were flooded in 2009.

He spoke with our reporter Tim Backshall earlier today:

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Cockermouth resident feels 'vindicated' by government

Adrian Goldstein's home in Cockermouth was one of hundreds that were flooded in 2009 Credit: ITV News Border

A Cumbrian man who's campaigned for rivers to be dredged to prevent flooding says he feels vindicated by the government's recent announcements on the issue.

Adrian Goldstein's home in Cockermouth was one of hundreds that were flooded in 2009.

He believes it wouldn't have happened if the stretch of river outside his house had been cleared of debris.

The Environment Agency has been against routine dredging of rivers but, following the problems on the Somerset Levels, government ministers have made it clear that dredging will be used in future as a way of tackling flooding.

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