Where did the flooding occur?
Flooding occurred on the town Cockermouth and it’s in Cumbria.
When did the flooding take place and what caused it?
It took place place in November 2009 and it was caused by unprecedented rainfall which caused rivers and streams to overfill and spill into hundreds of homes and businesses
What was the physical nature of the hazard?
- Warm air from the mid-Atlantic caused relief rainfall over the Cumbrian mountain.
- Falling rain poured into the river Derwent and river Cocker
- Cockermouth is located at the rivers confluence and as a result suffered significant flooding
What was the social character of the area?
Cockermouth is a small bustling market town on the north west edge of the lake.
It is one only 51 towns in Great Britain designated as a ‘gem town’ and is therefore recommended for preservation by the state as part of our national heritage
What was the communities response to the hazard?
- 3rd time area had flooded ever so a community group was set up after the floods in 2005
- Group decided to take action and work alongside the environment agency to develop a £4.4 million flood barrier
- Clothes banks, support clinics and action groups were set up to help people with physical and emotional effects from the floods
- The flood action group raised an estimated £420,000 towards cost through a mixture of appeals and persuading local authority to increase council tax