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Flooding volunteers re-visit Cumbria

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A chairty made up of former firefighters and gurkas has returned to Cumbria to re-visit people they helped out in the aftermath of last year's floods.

The Tunnels to Towers charity travelled up from the south of England and spent 10 days in county after Storm Desmond devastated the region.

This week they returned to Eamont Bridge where they helped residents that were flooded.

Castle Douglas residents plea for flood barrier

A group of residents in Castle Douglas are hoping to persuade Dumfries and Galloway Council to help protect them against future flooding.

They want to install what they say will be 'Britain's smallest flood prevention scheme'. They're proposing a five-metre wide, by two-metre high, concrete barrier, situated beneath the A75.

The town was hit by last December's floods as they tore through the Border region.


Glenridding chosen for new flood defence scheme

Glenridding in December. Credit: PA

Glenridding has been chosen by the Environment Agency for a new flood defence pilot scheme.

The village, which was flooded four times last winter, was selected along with three other villages in Cumbria.

The Community Action Pilot scheme focuses on making communities more resilient to floods and improving flood measures for the future.

Sharing and informing is a critical part of the scheme because all of us in Cumbria are going to need to manage flood risk for a continual basis into the future.

– Jim Ratcliffe, Environment Agency

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Carlisle church reopens a year since it was destroyed

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A Carlisle church wrecked by the floods has re-opened it's doors for the first time, a year to the day since it was destroyed.

A carol service was held at St Aidans Church on Warwick Road last night to give thanks for all the support given by the community and to remember those facing up to their second Christmas out of their homes.

Last night was very much saying 'we're here' and what we've got between now and Christmas is the local schools, Norman Street Primary, Richard Rose Academy, coming in for carol services."

– Rev Keith Teasdale, St Aidan's Church


Flood Action Group claim Workington has been neglected

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Workington's Flood Action Group is calling for improved defences and claims the town has been neglected.

Members of the group say other places in Allerdale including Keswick and Cockermouth, have been prioritised but that more needs to be done to protect the Hall Park View area of Workington.

I know that they feel very frustrated. They feel that Cockermouth and Keswick and other areas have had much more attention than they have, and yet they've flooded over and over again."

– Sue Hayman MP Workington, Labour

Cumbria floods: Where are we at?

This time last year, everybody who wanted to journey through or around Cumbria found that railway lines were closed, roads were unpassable and bridges simply washed away.

The disruption has led some people to call it the worst peacetime disaster ever to hit the UK's road and rail network.

Matthew Taylor has been assessing the ongoing impact to our infrastructure:

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