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Second meeting for Carlisle flood victims

The first flood meeting. Credit: ITV Border

A second meeting is taking place in Carlisle this evening, for victims of December's floods.

People will have the chance to give their views on a report, which explores why the Storm Desmond floods happened, and suggests possible options to prevent future flooding.

It takes place at the University of Cumbria's Fusehill Street campus from 5pm this evening.

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Dozens attend Carlisle floods meeting

Turnout at the meeting was lower than many had expected. Credit: ITV Border

The Environment Agency has told people in Carlisle it understands their frustrations following December's floods.

The authorities were holding the first of two public meetings in the city to explain the options to try to prevent a repeat of the damage caused by Storm Desmond.

Dozens of people turned up, however the turnout was lower than many had expected.

We might not be able to say Carlisle will never flood again but we're looking to reduce flood risk as much as possible and really it's about doing the job properly really and as well as we can.

– Jim Ratcliffe, Cumbria Floods Partnership

Cumbria floods: public meetings list

Appleby was badly affected by the floods. Credit: PA

Public meetings are taking place throughout Cumbria, to discuss the council's reports into December's floods.

The following meetings are scheduled to take place at areas affected:

  • Carlisle - 9 May 5pm at Holy Trinity Church, and 11 May 5pm at University of Cumbria Fusehill Street Campus
  • Keswick - 17 May 6pm at Greta Gardens
  • Staveley - date and time TBC, at Village Hall
  • Cockermouth - 24 May 6pm at Christ Church Parish Rooms
  • Pooley Bridge - 8 June 7pm at Village Hall
  • Glenridding - 9 June 7pm at Village Hall
  • Flimby - 15 June 7pm at Methodist Church Hall
  • Tebay - 16 June 7pm at Tebay Sports and Social Club
  • Plumpton - 21 June 7pm at Plumpton School
  • Eamont Bridge - 22 June 7pm at Village Hall
  • Appleby - 27 June 7pm at Public Hall
  • Greystoke - 30 June 7pm at Village Hall

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Floods warning for Cumbria's coast

The Environment Agency has warned of the potential for flooding along the Solway coast from Gretna to Silloth this afternoon.

The high tide is expected to peak between 1pm and 3pm today with areas around Port Carlisle likely to be most affected.

It is possible that some roads and properties may be flooded.

The warning is a 'flood alert' - the lowest grade that the agency issues.

Environment Agency says officers are on the ground ensuring defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and wind directions. Some flooding is also possible at 2am on Sunday morning.

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