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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 January, 2005, 06:04 GMT
Flood victims to receive 50,000
flooding in Carlisle
People are being encouraged to apply for funds
Flood victims who lost their possessions in the horrendous storms in Cumbria are to benefit from a handout of 50,000.

Cumbria County Council has pledged the money to the county's Community Foundation, which helped farmers affected by the foot and mouth crisis.

On Thursday the council's Carlisle Local Committee is holding an emergency meeting to discuss a recovery plan.

Earlier this week the Foundation set up the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund.

County Council leader Tim Stoddard said: "Cumbria Community Foundation, which is running the appeal, have first class experience gained during the foot and mouth crisis, of identifying those most at need and targeting money appropriately.

"The county council believes this is the most effective method of distributing financial support and would encourage people to make applications direct to the fund. "

The Harraby reception centre at the college has helped thousands of people through the last few traumatic days.

Around 300 people needed overnight accommodation during the crisis and the centre also served thousands of hot meals to hundreds during the flooding.

Hot food and drinks will continue to be available at Norman Street School on Norman Street, Carlisle, between 0700 GMT to 1900 GMT.


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