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Eden Flood Volunteers pledge to continue support

The group say it's only a matter of time before Cumbria floods again. Credit: ITV Border

Eden Flood Volunteers have pledged to continue supporting families affected by flooding, six months after the group was formed in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Kerryanne Wilde set up the group. She says because of the threat of future floods, they will always be needed.

We're here for good. We're not going away. It's not if we flood again, it's when we flood again, but this time we will already be prepared. We will know what needs to happen.

– Kerryanne Wilde, Eden Flood Volunteers


Dozens of uninsured homeowners still living in uninhabitable properties

Flooded Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

It's claimed that dozens of uninsured homeowners are living in uninhabitable properties, nearly six months after December's floods.

Carlisle Ambassadors, which is a volunteer group, is running a project asking people to give up some of their free time to help the recovery.

We're just saying, whatever is in your hand, whatever you're good at, whatever you're passionate about, whatever your business is, whatever your trade is, would you give it away for one day.

– Andy Fearon, Carlisle Ambassadors

The Give A Day to the City project runs from 6th - 12th June. 13 different projects are running, including House to Home, which is helping several different flood affected homes and another is clearing the Sheepmount football pitches. Roger Smith, the Managing Director of Thomas Graham is in charge of that project

Lot's of people want to get involved and want to help people. If we don't clear the Sheepmount area people can't play football next year. Quite a few colleagues are getting involved and we're still looking for volunteers.

– Roger Smith

You can find out more about the Give A Day To The City projects by clicking here

Flood-hit homes up for auction between 45% and 55% of pre-flood value

Warwick Road during December's floods Credit: ITV Border

An auction is underway this lunchtime of properties hit by December's flooding.

12 homes in the Warwick Road area of Carlisle are up for sale at around 45% to 55% of their pre-flood value.

Auction House Cumbria says vendors are selling up for a variety of reasons.

Some are insured and are stripped out and dried, and they have negotiated a cash settlement from the insurance company.

Some are not insured, and the people want to move on and get the security of the sale and certainty of the contract.

– Colin West, Auctioneer

Watch Hannah McNulty's report on the auction below:


Man jailed for burgling flood-hit Carlisle homes

Martin Howlett Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have branded the actions of a man jailed for burglary offences at flood-hit homes in Carlisle as 'despicable'.

Martin Howlett, 31, formerly of Warwick Road, Carlisle, admitted three burglaries, an attempted burglary and theft and was sentenced to five years in prison at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

The crimes relate to incidents on Warwick Road, Petteril Street and Eldred Street.

Howlett was arrested on Saturday 9 January after he was spotted by security guards as they patrolled in the Warwick Road area and heard a loud bang from Petteril Street.

“Martin Howlett targeted flood-affected properties in order to gain from people who had been victims to December’s devastating floods. His actions were despicable as communities rallied to support each other.

“Howlett is now in prison and we are glad that he has been brought to justice for his crimes and the sentence reflects that.

“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the work of the security officers in alerting officers to Howlett’s offences.

“Carlisle is still recovering from the effects of the floods and we hope that Howlett’s sentence provides reassurance to those affected.”

– Temporary Detective Inspector Vicki Coombes, Cumbria Police

No place like home

In the days after the flood our reporter Kate Walby went to meet Marry Hall.

While others were moving out of the city Marry was determined She was guarding her house on nearby Greystone Road after reports of the looting in the city that we heard about earlier.

Well Kate has been back to meet her to reflect on that week in January 2005.

Looking to the future

As the flood waters drained away, the city - and the country's politicians - had to decide how to try to stop it happening again. Straight away the decision was made to protect Carlisle and other areas with large flood defences. But how effective are they?

Tim Backshall asks the question "could it happen again?"

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