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Prince Charles returns to site of Cumbrian floods

The Prince and inn staff
The prince met staff from the Wateredge Inn

The Prince of Wales has returned to Cumbria to visit areas affected by the November floods.

The prince travelled to the Wateredge Inn on the shores of Lake Windermere and the town of Cockermouth, both devastated by last year's heavy rain.

Prince Charles also met with Cumbria Tourism chiefs, and attended flood recovery meetings with local businesses and insurance companies.

It was the prince's second visit to the area since the floods.

Mark Cowap, 43, co-owner of the newly reopened Wateredge Inn, was forced to move guests to the top rooms when flood waters swept through the building.

'Very interested'

He said: "The Dunkirk spirit was there though and we eventually got everyone home."

His brother, Scott, 36, who showed the prince around the hotel, said: "The prince was very much here to support us.

"He was very interested in how we got open so quickly and also in the area moving forward."

Prince Charles
It was the prince's second visit to the area since the floods

Some other hotels and businesses in the region are yet to reopen.

Prince Charles also returned to the town of Cockermouth to view its progress since November.

More than 200 people had to be rescued from the town and 1,800 properties were damaged when 12ins (30cm) of rain fell in 24 hours.

Some homeowners are back in their properties, while others are living upstairs while their lower floors dry out.

The central shopping area of Main Street finally opened to traffic last week, as did its main bridges, the Gote and Cocker.

A handful of shops in the street are back to normal but most are still being restored.

Ian Stephens, chief executive of Cumbria Tourism who met with the prince, said: "We informed him on what has happened since with flood alterations and environmental repairs, and how businesses are recovering and their future needs and aspirations."

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