Communities still strong after flooding carnage by Rachael Grealish

COMMUNITIES across Cumbria have pulled together following the flooding on the weekend of December 5 and 6 in an attempt to help the worst-hit areas. Storm Desmond, the fourth named […]

COMMUNITIES across Cumbria have pulled together following the flooding on the weekend of December 5 and 6 in an attempt to help the worst-hit areas.

Storm Desmond, the fourth named storm to hit Cumbria in the past few months, caused record breaking rain fall, rising waters and river banks to burst across the county.

The weather left Cockermouth, Keswick, Appleby and Carlisle under several feet of water and families all over without homes and even more without electricity.

Cumbria has not faced flooding this severe since 2009 and once again it must rebuild from the devastation.

Jamie Reed, Copeland MP, said: “The immediate challenge is to try to put our streets, communities and businesses back together after such carnage. I urge everyone to keep look out for vulnerable neighbours, friends and families.
“But when this passes we begin the painful work of recovery again.”

Emergency services have been commended for their hard work to ensure the safety of those living in affected areas and to keep the community safe.

Mr Reed said: “Our public services and local volunteers are doing a wonderful job and they will continue to do so.”

Just one example of the great work conducted by agencies was at Eamont Bridge where 150 people were rescued by the Coastguard after a static residential caravan park was heavily flooded.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Andy Towler, of Cumbria Constabulary, said: “I would like to commend the emergency service staff and staff from the relevant partner and voluntary agencies who have worked long hours with the sole intention of ensuring public safety.“I’d also like to thank the public for their patience.”

In light of the destruction and devastation, the Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) launched an appeal to help victims of the floods.

The CCF kicked off the £1m campaign with a £50,000 donation from its own funds and are now asking people to donate generously to the cause. He said: “We need to plan better, spend more and do all we can to deal with what is more and more looking like not simply a series of blips but a changing climate.”
Since the floods the prime minister, David Cameron, mobilised the army for assistance and held a COBRA meeting to ensure all that can be done is done.