pr2R​ory Stewart MP, the Chair of the Cumbria Floods Partnership has laid out, with the Environment Agency, a calendar of community flood discussions across the County, and is encouraging Cumbrians to drop in. ‎These sessions will help feed-in to the longer term work on improving flood planning across the County.

Rory said: “We have to learn from local communities. These drop-in sessions are an important opportunity for local people to inform flood risk management in their community by providing information on their experiences. It is so important for us to be able to learn from local communities, and to build their experiences into the planning for future resilience and prevention, and so I encourage anyone with an interest to attend.”

Dan Bond, Environment Agency Manager, said: “You can’t underestimate the devastating impacts of flooding to people’s lives and the key to recovering quickly, and increasing our flood resilience in the long term, is to listen to the people who experienced it first hand and learn from their experiences.​ ​We’ve been visiting affected communities since the flooding began in early December, and these drop-in sessions are the start of a more coordinated approach to involving local people in the development of local flood risk management plans.”

Anyone affected by ​ the recent​ ​flooding ​ ​is encouraged​ ​to come along and ​ ​meet with Environment Agency officials.

Technical experts from the Environment Agency and County Council will be​ ​available to chat to, with support from a number of agencies that can provide advice and support.

The first drop-in sessions, detailed below, will be held in a mobile trailer with further meetings to be​ ​scheduled soon to coincide with parish council meetings, dates to be confirmed:

Appleby: Moot Hall car park, 11am – 6:30pm on Wednesday 13 January 2016.
Carlisle Warwick Road: Brunton Park car park, 11am – 7pmon Thursday 14 January 2016.
Carlisle Caldewgate: Sainsburys car park, 11am to 7pm on Friday 15 January 2016.
Rickerby village: 11am – 1pm on Saturday 16 January 2016.
Low Crosby: The Garth, 11am to 2pm on 19 January 2016.
Warwick Bridge: Downagate community centre car park, 3pm to 5pm on 19 January 2016.
Kendal: Gooseholme, 11am to 7pm on 20 January 2016.
Kendal: Market Place, 11am to 7pm on 21 January 2016.
Burneside: outside convenience store, 11am to 2pm on 22 January 2016.
Keswick: Greta Gardens, Keswick Recovery Centre, 4pm to 7:30pm on 22 January 2016.
Eamont Bridge: village hall, 11am to 2pm on 23 January 2016.
Ambleside: location TBC, 10am to 1pm on 26 January 2016.
Grasmere: location TBC, 2pm to 6pm on 26 January 2016.
Braithwaite: location TBC, 10am to 1pm on 27 January 2016.
Cockermouth: town centre 11am to 2pm and Gote Rd 3pm to 6pm on 28 January 2016.
Pooley Bridge: location TBC, 10am to 1pm on 29 January 2016.
Howtown – Glenridding: location TBC, 2pm to 5pm on 29 January 2016.
Patterdale & Hartsop: location & time TBC, 30 January 2016.
Flimby & Maryport: location TBC, 11am to 3pm on 30 January 2016.

For more information on the flood risks, members of the public can call the Floodline number on 0345 988 1188.

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