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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.

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