Cumbrian community raise £215k for flood defences

Community members and businesses in Cockermouth have raised the funds needed to secure the £4.4million flood defence scheme which will protect the town from future flooding.

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'Community contribution was vital'

Homes have been fitted with flood gates and flood walls to stop the water getting into properties Credit: ITV News Border

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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