Jenny Benson is going to tackle the 40 mile charity bike ride on Sunday 18 September to raise money for vital flood defence work in the town. Jenny is a Flood Warden for Cockermouth Flood Action Group and she helps other people ensure they are better prepared for any future flooding. If you’d like to sponsor her bike ride go to: http://justgiving.com/jenny-benson.
Letter to Cockermouth Post August 2011 Don’t panic, it’s not happening yet, but with our Town’s past history without defences it certainly will and what will make it worse next time is that traders will say “enough is enough” and throw in the towel, that will lead to shops being unable to be sold or let, once a few shops get boarded up many will follow, and before you know where you are the town will appear run down, once that happens your properties will devalue, not just by a few pounds but by tens of thousand of pounds. Yes the Cockermouth Flood Action Group has heard all the stories, “but I live on a hill and will never flood” – very true, many of you do, but it’s not necessarily your property we are looking at, it’s the entire infrastructure, the shops, the offices, transport, parking and then all
Persistent and heavy rainfall has been forecast for Wednesday 10th August and Thursday 11th August, beginning in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The risk from river flooding is low as there is not much water in the rivers. However there is a risk of surface water flooding. The rain is predicted to fall on the Western fells. Please be alert for blocked drains and be prepared to clear any debris. Current weather warnings in force can be seen on the Met Office’s website. A PDF with more detail can be downloaded here. Why lenders should include flood risk in their due diligence