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"Main Street Reborn" in Cockermouth

The flooding in Cockermouth High Street in 2009 Credit: ITV News Border

A heritage scheme has shown how Cockermouth used the floods of 2009 as a catalyst to transform the high street.

Main Street Reborn is a new book charting how the town has benefited from the Cockermouth Shopfront Scheme since the devastation.

The scheme allowed modern, poorly designed shopfronts to be replaced with ones more in keeping with the town's historic past.

In total, 31 flooded properties have been given a dramatic facelift.

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Flood defences first of its kind in UK

The new flood defence barriers Credit: ITV News Border

New self-closing flood defences aimed at protecting 400 homes and businesses from severe flooding are being officially unveiled in Cockermouth.

The unique defence system is the first of its kind to be used in the UK.

The town was devastated by severe flooding in 2009 when the main street was submerged in water and thousands of properties were affected.

The flood defences running alongside the river Credit: ITV News Border

The Environment Agency contributed £3.3 million to the project, with an additional £1.1 million provided by a number of organisations including Allerdale Borough Council and Cockermouth Flood Action Group.

The Chair of Cockermouth Flood Action Group, Sue Cashmore, said:

"It's fantastic that through working in partnership we have a flood protection scheme in place that may otherwise have not been possible.

"This is the result of much hard work and I'm proud of the commitment shown by the Cockermouth Flood Action Group and local community."

The flood defences from the bridge Credit: ITV News Border

New flood defences for Cockermouth unveiled

New flood defences for Cockermouth are being unveiled by the Environment Agency today.

The 120-metre wide innovative self-closing barriers have been installed to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 400 homes and businesses in the town.

"We are delighted that Cockermouth's flood defences are now complete, reducing the risk of flooding to 361 local homes and 55 businesses. It also marks the first time a self-closing flood barrier has been used to protect a community in the UK.

"This project has been driven by the community and we would like to encourage residents and businesses to come along and share this special occasion with us."

– Adam Walsh, Flood Team Leader, Environment Agency

Full report: Families call on council for help after floods

Communities in Cumbria affected by flash flooding at the weekend are today calling on the county council to put in place a strategy to deal with the problem.

Firefighters were called out to 50 separate incidents on Saturday as homes and businesses were flooded and roads turned to rivers.

Samantha Parker reports on the ongoing clean up:

Flooding clean up continues

A collapsed wall at Boltongate Credit: ITV News Border

The clean up in Cumbria continues this week following flash flooding in the county on Saturday (18th May).

Many roads have been damaged and Cumbria County Council are asking people to call them to report issues.

The highways hotline is 08456096609.

Flooding damage at Hesket Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Border
The floods washed away some tar on the main road in Hesket Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Border

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Cumbrian town flooded after heavy rainfall

Over the weekend, parts of Cumbria have recorded 42mm of rainfall which is close to the average for the whole of May.

The market town of Wigton has experienced flooding after heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Station Road in Wigton, Cumbria Credit: Sarah Studholme
Miller Park in Wigton, Cumbria Credit: Sarah Studholme
Miller Park in Wigton, Cumbria Credit: Sarah Studholme
Rookies Play Centre in Wigton was flooded Credit: Sarah Studholme
Rookies Play Centre in Wigton was flooded Credit: Sarah Studholme
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Parts of UK braced for further flooding

  • There are currently 76 flood warnings in place across the UK with areas in the Midlands (22) and South East of England (25) most at risk of heavy flooding.
  • Nearly 200 areas have been issued with flood alerts by the Environment Agency and warned to be prepared for the prospect of more wet weather.
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