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Flooded communities begin to recover their homes and businesses

Thousands of residents have been displaced by Storm Desmond, but now the clean-up process begins as people across the region start to salvage their homes and businesses.

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Rory Stewart to lead flood defence team

Rory Stewart will lead the team. Credit: Defra UK

Rory Stewart has been named chair of a new Cumbrian Floods Partnership.

The MP for Penrith and the Border says the idea is to help the county recover from Storm Desmond, and improve flood defences for the future.

The idea of this is to make sure we convene County Council, the Environment Agency, some of the emergency services and make sure we do all we can to make the region get back up and going again because hopefully we've made it through the worst of the emergency stages but there's still a lot of problems.

And also looking at what we do in the future both in terms of what we call 'hard' flood defences, things like dams but also the upstream stuff, planting trees and making sure we have absorbent ground so the water doesn't flush through."

– Rory Stewart MP

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