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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


Dredging discussed at Cockermouth floods meeting

Cockermouth flooded last December. Credit: ITV Border

Dredging is being considered as a short-term measure to reduce the risk of flooding in Cockermouth.

Six months ago the town's defences were overtopped during the floods of Storm Desmond.

Last night, 150 people packed into Christ Church in the town for a public meeting to discuss a Flood Investigation Report put together by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council.

We are reviewing the levels where we trigger that action so that may result in us carrying out more dredging than we have done but at this point it's too early to tell.

What I can can say for sure is that before the end of the month we'll be in the river removing the build up of excess gravel that is there currently.

– Andy Brown, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager

Eden Flood Volunteers pledge to continue support

The group say it's only a matter of time before Cumbria floods again. Credit: ITV Border

Eden Flood Volunteers have pledged to continue supporting families affected by flooding, six months after the group was formed in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Kerryanne Wilde set up the group. She says because of the threat of future floods, they will always be needed.

We're here for good. We're not going away. It's not if we flood again, it's when we flood again, but this time we will already be prepared. We will know what needs to happen.

– Kerryanne Wilde, Eden Flood Volunteers


Dozens of uninsured homeowners still living in uninhabitable properties

Flooded Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

It's claimed that dozens of uninsured homeowners are living in uninhabitable properties, nearly six months after December's floods.

Carlisle Ambassadors, which is a volunteer group, is running a project asking people to give up some of their free time to help the recovery.

We're just saying, whatever is in your hand, whatever you're good at, whatever you're passionate about, whatever your business is, whatever your trade is, would you give it away for one day.

– Andy Fearon, Carlisle Ambassadors

The Give A Day to the City project runs from 6th - 12th June. 13 different projects are running, including House to Home, which is helping several different flood affected homes and another is clearing the Sheepmount football pitches. Roger Smith, the Managing Director of Thomas Graham is in charge of that project

Lot's of people want to get involved and want to help people. If we don't clear the Sheepmount area people can't play football next year. Quite a few colleagues are getting involved and we're still looking for volunteers.

– Roger Smith

You can find out more about the Give A Day To The City projects by clicking here

Flood-hit homes up for auction between 45% and 55% of pre-flood value

Warwick Road during December's floods Credit: ITV Border

An auction is underway this lunchtime of properties hit by December's flooding.

12 homes in the Warwick Road area of Carlisle are up for sale at around 45% to 55% of their pre-flood value.

Auction House Cumbria says vendors are selling up for a variety of reasons.

Some are insured and are stripped out and dried, and they have negotiated a cash settlement from the insurance company.

Some are not insured, and the people want to move on and get the security of the sale and certainty of the contract.

– Colin West, Auctioneer

Watch Hannah McNulty's report on the auction below:

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