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Flimby flood report: meeting

Residents of a west Cumbrian village hit by flooding in the build up to Storm Desmond are being invited to a public meeting tonight.

More than a hundred properties in Flimby flooded on the 3rd of December last year.

It was the first place in our region to suffer significant damage during the winter floods.

The meeting will discuss a report looking at how future flooding could be prevented.

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Flood repairs in Borders likely to hit £4m

The cost of flood repairs in the Scottish Borders is likely to hit £4million Credit: ITV Border
£4m
is the likely cost of flood repairs in the Scottish Borders

The full extent of the repair work won't be completed until the Autumn. More than two thirds of around 300 repairs are fixed, but some major works are still outstanding.

We have damage through flooding, obviously one off storms. But the actual number of storms we've suffered, five storms all together, it's just been unprecedented.'

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council

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Farron slams '£40 million floods shortfall'

Flooding in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has slammed a "£40 million shortfall" in cash needed to help the county recover from the floods of December's storms.

Six months ago Storm Desmond left thousands of homes and businesses in his Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency underwater.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats says there is still plenty of work needed.

Although in many ways Cumbria is back to normal – the A591 is fixed and most businesses have now reopened – we must not forget about those still affected.

There are still many residents out of their homes, and many more who are affected by road and bridge closures. It is unjustifiable that the government has still not committed to providing all of the funding needed to repair the flood damage – across the county there is a £40million shortfall.

The government also failed to provide additional funds to support businesses affected by flooding after the initial pot ran out.

– Tim Farron MP
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