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Grants to Cumbria flood victims top 1.2m

Flood-damaged property next to the River Cocker
Almost 700 households have received grant from the fund

A fund set up to aid those affected by devastating floods in Cumbria has so far handed out more than £1.2m.

More than £2.4m has been donated to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund, since parts of the county were hit by destructive downpours in November.

Almost 700 households and 70 organisations have now received support from the fund, organisers say.

Grants have helped those who have returned to flood damaged properties and families with higher heating bills.

Deb Muscat, grants development officer, said: "Every day we hear stories of people who need help.

"We know that some have been too busy to ask and others have been too proud.

"We also know that some people are coping now, but will need help later in the year when they move back and start to put their homes together."

More than 2,000 homes and businesses were flooded on 19 and 20 November, with Cockermouth, Workington and Keswick the worst affected.

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