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Flod barrier testing to take place in Cumbria

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Environment Agency teams will be conducting an exercise in Kendal later today, to test the deployment of temporary flood barriers, which could be deployed prior to a flood to help protect people and properties in Kendal.

The agency say it's committed to reducing flood risk in communities across Cumbria, and this exercise will help test the deployment of flood barriers along Busher Walk, Kendal.

It comes after thousands of people were misplaced and hundreds of properties destroyed after Storm Desmond hit the region in December 2015.

Busher Walk is one of nine locations in the town where we are investigating the use of a temporary barrier. If all locations are found to be suitable, these barriers could help reduce the risk of flooding to 500 or more properties in total across Kendal.

Nationally there is a total of 40km of temporary barriers, and 250 high volume pumps, stored around the country. The barriers can be transported quickly to locations when they are needed to reduce the impact of flooding to homes and businesses.

This exercise will allow Environment Agency staff to practice and test our barrier deployment plan for Busher Walk, gaining valuable training experience as well as the opportunity to identify ways in which we can further refine our plans. This in turn will enable us to better respond during floods.

'Day of Hope' for flood victims

Cabin of encouragement offered to those hit

On the first anniversary of devastating floods that hit the North West a 'Day of Hope' is being held in Kendal.

The Cumbrian town was one of the worst hit areas last December after Storm Desmond hit. Local people and dignitaries will gather at a church which played a central role in relief efforts and offered help to those forced to leave their homes.

Helpers from Sandylands Methodist Church clocked up 13,000 hours of work to help the community in the aftermath of the storms.

Kendal hit hard by floods last year

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Man dies in Kendal house fire

Map of area Credit: Google Maps

A man has died after a serious house fire in Kendal.

Emergency crews were called to Aynam Road last night and found a young man who was already dead. A 22 year old escaped with serious burns and has now been transferred to Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester for treatment.

The road is closed between Miller Bridge and Nether Bridge. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

A plea for more support for flood hit communities

A church in Kendal helping people who have been flooded says the emergency £500 given to those affected is running out and residents urgently need more help.

Sandylands Methodist Church is in an area where many people don't have insurance and are struggling to dry out their properties, using dehumidifiers on pay-as-you go electric meters.

The Reverend Wendy Thornton says people need to know they're not on their own.

  • Watch here at flood hit communities brace themselves for more heavy rain

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Emergency services tackle Kendal building fire

Aynam Road is closed between Miller Bridge and Nether Bridge Credit: Google

Emergency services are dealing with a fire at a building on Aynam Road in Kendal.

The road is closed between Miller Bridge and Nether Bridge. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Cumbria Police is advising members of the public to avoid the area while the incident is dealt with.

Storm Desmond clean-up continues

School playground flooded in Lancashire Credit: Photo: ITV News

People in Cumbria and Lancashire are continuing efforts to clean up their communities after the devastation caused by the flooding following Storm Desmond.

Photos show a school playground in St Michael's on Wyre completely flooded with equipment strewn around as a result of the storm.

School playground flooded in Lancashire Credit: Photo: ITV News
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