Recovery Help & Events

Recovery Help

  • If you have been affected by flooding, help and advice is available at Christ Church, Sullart Street.
  • If anyone needs or knows anyone needing practical help in Cockermouth, please contact Katy, Cockermouth Volunteer Coordinator: 07598991162
  • If you want to VOLUNTEER for dirty, physical work in Cockermouth, please come to Christ Church, Sullart Street, at 10am or 1pm today.
  • If you want to DONATE FURNITURE, please fill out this form:
  • If you want to OFFER ACCOMMODATION, please fill out this form:
  • If you want to DONATE FOOD or CLOTHING, please fill out this form:
  • If you want to donate a Christmas Present for a child, please take to Cumberland Building Society or Barclay

Weekend Events

Cockermouth by Candlelight this Friday (11 December) 4pm to 8pm will be host to Kirkgate Arts’ children’s lantern parade, festive musicians, Cairngorm reindeer, Santa and his grotto and vintage buses. As many shops as possible will be open for late night shopping.  Allerdale Borough Council have also offered free parking in each of their (unsubmerged) car parks.

Taste Cumbria will take place this weekend (the 12th and 13th December) on Cockermouth Main Street. Sample our mouthwatering hot food, mulled wine and delicious produce from some of Taste Cumbria’s finest producers. A marquee full of Christmas themed kids activities will provide entertainment for the whole family!

As well as the usual Taste Cumbria foodie treats, to support our local businesses there will be stalls available free of charge to all shops and businesses affected by the recent flooding, so that they can continue trading, from toys to lingerie there will be something for everyone.

Recovery Information

Recovery Information

Thank you to everyone who is helping with the flood recovery. The water levels have gone down now in most of the town and the recovery can begin. The main centre for help, advice and support in Cockermouth is Christ Church. Offers of help, and those seeking help can go to Christ Church. Offers of help can also be sent by email . Want to volunteer? Call Cumbria CVS 01768 800350

You can call Alleredale Council on 01900 702 702 for advice on housing, reception centres, environmental health and general enquiries.

Cumbria Police are advising if roads are closed they are closed for a reason. Please do not move signs & drive on structurally unsafe/flooded roads. Gote Bridge in Cockermouth is closed.

You can find out more information on what to do after your house has been flooded on the Public Health England page and the Cumbria County Council flood advice page.

Cumbria Flood Appeal 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation has launched an appeal to help people across the county affected by today’s devastating floods.

It has kicked off it’s £1m appeal with a donation of £50,000 from its own funds and is asking people who can help, to give generously. The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015 will provide financial assistance to help individuals and families who have been affected. Click here for the application form. Initial hardship grants of £500 can be applied for. It will not normally fund – people who are fully insured, vehicles and businesses.

The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015 is for any individuals or families who suffer financial hardship as a result of the flooding. The money will also help with wider community relief and rebuilding projects.

It will provide support for – cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment, child care equipment and basic furniture.

Priority will be given to households who have people over the age of 70, under the age of five, people with physical or learning difficulties or mental health needs or on a low income.

You can donate by Just Giving

Or by sending a cheque made payable to Cumbria Community Foundation and sent to CCF, Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.

Or send a text to 70070 with the message FLUD15 and a monetary amount. For example, ‘FLUD15 £10’

This is our third flood appeal, the first was in 2005. The second in 2009 raised £3m – all of which went back into rebuilding our devastated county.

The Flood Recovery Fund 2015 is open to anyone whose home has suffered significant structural damage or flooding or people who have lost work or income because of the storm or flood.

Cockermouth Maintenance Management Plan Published

The Environment Agency has published the maintenance management plan for Cockermouth, it can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

Gravel removal from the river Derwent

Two potential areas of gravel removal on the Derwent and Cocker upstream of the town were identified. The target area for gravel removal for the main Cockermouth channel are outlined on page 7 of the report.

The gravel control and management scheme is designed to have the following characteristics :
Be effective at reducing sediment input at the key area (which is the in-town stretch of the Derwent and Cocker through Cockermouth.

  1. minimise environmental impact
  2. maximise sustainability
  3. Be operational effective (have manageable access routes and be safe to operate).

The strategy is treated as a live document and is correct to its evidence base at the date of issue. If forthcoming evidence emerges that can materially impact operational activities, this will be considered and the strategy updated accordingly.