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Flimby demands flood defence action

Residents at the Flimby Flood Forum Photo: ITV Border

People in Flimby are demanding action to defend their community from flooding.

More a hundred properties in the West Cumbrian village were flooded last December.

At a public meeting yesterday evening the Environment Agency reassured them that money is available for a new flood protection scheme but residents want to see a plan developed quickly.

The Flood Forum meeting, organised by the Environment Agency and Cumbria County Council, was held in the village's Methodist Church Hall and attracted around 70 people.

A report discussed at the meeting says actions including reviewing drainage and sewage and introducing natural flood management could help prevent further flooding.

A home in Flimby under water in December 2015 Credit: ITV Border

"I'm pleased that they came, put the plan to us and that they listened to what we said but it needs an awful lot of work put into it.

"I want them to give some joined up thinking about planning events like building more housing.

– Cllr Carol Tindall, Maryport Town Council

"The community here has secured additional funding for flood defences. What exactly these entail, where they're going to be is all part of the process moving forward and that's something we're going to work with the community on developing."

– Kathryn Tanner, Environment Agency