Cockermouth Emergency Response Group

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Cockermouth Emergency Response Group has been created in response to the frequent flooding of the town. The group has been created by Churchs Together, Rotary and Cockermouth Flood Action Group, it is supported by the town, borough and county councils. The aim of the group is to ensure the the community is better prepared for flooding. The response following a flood is already coordinated and well supported but the hours before a flood is fraught and chaotic for residents and business owners trying to save as many possessions as possible while also trying to care for the vulnerable in their community areas. What residents and businesses need before the water hits is help. This help would include tasks such as moving furniture to the first floor or into vehicles packing of boxes with books, kitchen items etc followed by evacuation to a safe place. The group would prioritise the vulnerable in our community and those in ground floor flats and bungalows. Assistance would also be offered to the evacuation centres. The group could also be called on in other community emergencies. To do this the group is looking for volunteers who could respond in an emergency. We would like to create a data base of volunteers, if you would like to become a part of Cockermouth Emergency Response Group please contact us on chair@cerg.org.uk

Flood Resilience Fair

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A resilience flood fair is being held at Christ Church, Cockermouth on Wednesday 16 th March 15:00-19:00.

  • Cumbria County Council
  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • Environment Agency
  • National Flood Forum
  • JT Atkinson
  • Cumbria Community Foundation
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Cockermouth Rotary

And more will be available to provide information and advice on flood resilience & protection of your property and funding streams will be available. A poster is available here.

Cockermouth Flood Information Bulletin

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I’m sorry for the delay in posting the latest bulletin from Friday. It contains information about Cumbria County Council drop-in sessions tomorrow:

Thursday 3rd March 09:30-12:00 Cockermouth Library (local collection room)
Thursday 3rd March 12:30-14:30 Bridge Café, Wakefield Road

  • Bridge Café on Wakefield Road Car Park
  • Local funding available from Cockermouth Rotary
  • Latest bridge and road closures
  • New arrangements for the removal of flood-damaged waste
  • HWRC Permit Scheme Update
  • Crime prevention advice

Funding information

Whether you are a resident or a business there are a number of different grants that can help you get back on your feet including the following:

  1. £500 for any household in a residential property that has been flooded for us for general
    recovery
  2. Up to £5000 for any residential or business property that has been flooded and wants to carry out resilient repairs to make their property more repairable in the event of flooding or install resistant measures, such as installation of flood barriers.
  3. Business Recovery Grants to help businesses get back on their feet
  4. Funding for individuals and families from the Cumbria Community Foundation
  5. Help for voluntary, sporting and community groups
  6. Help with Council Tax and Business Rates
  7. Support for Farmers

The full bulletin can be found by clicking the link: CK flood bulletin 8 26th February