Storm Desmond floods: Six months on

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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

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