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Flood recovery: one month on

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A month after floods hit part of Cumbria, a massive effort from communities and a wide range of agencies and voluntary organisations has seen an impressive roll call of achievements and progress made in the flood recovery operation.

Within 28 days of the floods hitting selected parts of Cumbria - particularly Keswick, Cockermouth, Ulverston and Workington - a huge support network is in place for those affected.

Cumbria County Council has been the lead organisation co-ordinating the recovery operation since Monday November 23rd, taking over from Cumbria Constabulary, who were the lead organisation during the emergency phase of the incident.

The recovery effort has involved forming four key sub-groups, each charged with leading on different aspects of the recovery. The four groups are for Infrastructure, Welfare, Environment and Business & Economic Development and they have all been up and running since the floods first hit. Their work is overseen by the Strategic Recovery Group, which co-ordinates and controls the overall recovery effort.

Nearly 50 different organisations and agencies are represented on the various recovery groups, with many more groups and individuals directly involved in delivering help on the ground.

As well as working out how to help those whose lives have been impacted by the floods, there has also been a successful lobbying effort to secure guarantees of support from the Government. There has also been a huge communications drive, with a wealth of information available on how to get help and assistance.