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Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, pressed the floods minister today about money owed to local authorities to help pay for damage caused in last year's floods.
In her new role as Shadow Minister for Flooding and Coastal Communities, Mrs Hayman said Allerdale Council is owed nearly £220,000 by the UK Government.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Therese Coffey, said she would look into the matter.
More than seven thousand homes and businesses across Cumbria flooded in last year's devastating storms, new analysis shows.
The study, by the Local Government Association, says that 6,568 homes and 897 businesses were affected in the county. That's almost half of all the properties hit in the eight worst-affected parts of the UK.
The Association says councils are still helping flood-hit homes to recover from the disruption caused by storms Desmond, Eva and Frank.
Ahead of this winter, town halls are encouraging people to be prepared for future flooding, by taking steps such as checking if they are at risk, signing up to free warnings and identifying what to take with them if they need to evacuate their premises.
Council leaders are calling for future flood defence to be devolved by the Government to local areas so that councils can work with communities and businesses to ensure money goes to projects that best suit local needs.
Martin Tett, a LGA environment spokesman, said: "Councils are doing everything they can to protect households and businesses from the possibility of further devastating flooding this winter.
"Such was the severity of last year's storms, some councils, who have experienced significant reductions to their core funding, are still helping residents to recover even now."
He said devolving funding to local areas would support projects that reflected needs such as protecting key roads and bridges to keep residents and businesses moving.
Seven flood alerts have been issued for Cumbria.
The flood alerts, issued by the Environment Agency, mean that 'flooding is possible' and residents should 'be prepared'.
The areas affected by the flood alerts are:
- Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster
- Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent
- Rivers Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck
- Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water
- Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk
- Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake
- Rivers Kent and Bela
You can find an interactive map live updates of flood alerts here.
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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.
Work to remove gravel from the River Kent in Kendal is due to get underway today.
The Environment Agency is clearing the river bed around Miller Bridge as part of a flood protection scheme.
Work is set to last around four weeks.
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.'