Sue Cashmore from the Cockermouth Flood Action group said:
"We would not have got the flood defences without this money.
"It may seem like a small amount in relation to the total but it was vital.
"We will all benefit from these defences and we are hoping it will mean insurance premiums will come down. At the moment at lot of people are being priced out of the market."
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A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region
A selection of some of the best sunrise pictures from across the region, sent in by ITV Border viewers.
Chilly start. Some frost in places, icy patches possible too. Cloud and sunny spells today, hazier in the west later