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Cameron's flood funding is 'totally inadequate'

Cumbria County Council says David Cameron's £3million funding package is nowhere near enough to get Cumbria back on its feet.

With an estimated £500m of damage to our infrastructure, including £20m in the Lake District National Park alone, today’s funding announcement is totally inadequate.

“The government describes Cumbria and the Lake District National Park as a jewel in the crown of the British countryside, and it is.

That is why we are urgently seeking a face to face meeting with Ministers to secure the amount of money that we need to fund Cumbria’s full recovery. It is now 8 weeks since the floods hit Cumbria and this has to be, and should be government’s, top priority.”

– Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council


Busy weekend for Mountain Rescue Teams with snowy fells

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team out on a rescue Credit: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

For many the fresh powder that has coated much of Cumbria and Southern Scotland has been a source of fun but for the areas Mountain Rescue Teams it has meant a weekend of rescues.

They are urging people to respect the dangers posed by walking in the Lake District fells.

"I think everybody likes to think they are more experienced than they actually are. And we should all operate within our limitations.

"One of the main things that can help everybody, resuce services in particular, is to tell somebody where you're going.

"The paths-once they've been trodden on by a few sets of boots become ice and that's when people have a slip and suddenly a minor slip becomes a broken ankle.

"And then you're sitting in the snow waiting for us...we'll try our best to get to you as soon as we can but you're still looking at perhaps sitting on the snow for an hour and a half until the rescue team turns up."

– Chris Higgins, team leader Keswick Mountain Rescue Team
The snow drifts on the tops can be deceivingly deep Credit: Keswick MRT


Keswick Guest House says government insurance scheme will be worse for them

The owners of a Guest House in Keswick have launched a petition to change the Government's new Flood Re Insurance Scheme.

It means people at risk of flooding can't be refused insurance but Steve and Steph Curtis say it wouldn't help businesses like theirs.

Bramblewood Cottage was flooded last month and has a big excess after suffering in 2009 as well.

Warning as people ignore A591 closure signs

There was major destruction on the A591. Credit: ITV News

Pedestrians and cyclists are being warned to stay away from a flood-damaged Lake District Road.

Cumbria County Council say people have been risking their safety by moving fencing and ignoring closure signs on the A591 around Thirlmere.

They have warned that this could delay construction work that is ongoing to repair the road, as well as putting people's safety at risk.

Lake District MRT teams deployed to flooded areas

Keswick MRT carrying out evacuations in York Credit: Keswick MRT

Lake District mountain rescue team volunteers gave up their Boxing Day celebrations to go across and help communities in Lancashire and Yorkshire who have been hit by Storm Eva causing flooding.

Forty volunteers trained in swift water rescue were deployed with 4x4 vehicles to carry out evacuations and assist the emergency services. The support involved eight of the twelve Lake District teams.

"On Christmas Day and Boxing Day we had more than a hundred team members on standby in case there was further flooding in Cumbria. "When this didn't materialise we were asked to go and assist those communities who had been affected by flooding in Lancashire and York.

"In total we have sent across forty swift water rescue technicians to help with rescues and evacuations.

"These volunteers have given up their Christmas celebrations to help communities in need. I'm proud to work beside them and thank their friends and family for supporting them."

– Richard Warren, Chairman LDSAMRA
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team carry out evacuations in York Credit: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

All team members have since returned to Cumbria as hundreds of walkers take to fells to make the most of the sunny weather over the Lake District National Park.

Watch: Lake District roads devastated by Desmond

Dozens of roads remain closed and hundreds of bridges are being inspected for flood damage in the wake of storm Desmond.

The worst affected is the A591 between Keswick and Grasmere. It will be closed for several months.

Matthew Taylor was the first reporter to see the damage close up with Karl Melville from Cumbrian Highways. Watch his report:

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