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Cumbrian Floods 2009



Wordsworth House

The flooding in Cumbria has affected many of its historical attractions.

In Cockermouth, Wordsworth House had a lucky escape after its volunteers managed to lift many of the historical artefacts to dry floors.

But the grounds did not fare as well, with the oak gates ripped off and walls and terraces demolished.

The National Trust has also experienced flood damage at other properties that it owns throughout the county.

Hard work

The devastation, has changed the countryside.

Drystone walls are down, livestock lost, tracks and roads have been blasted by the sheer volume of water.

National Trust properties at Fell Foot, Low Wray Campsite and Ash Landing have also suffered damage from the flood waters.

Ash landing
The National Trust car park at Ash Landing

There are corners of the Cumbrian countryside that the National Trust has not got to yet and many areas where they cannot assess the damage because they remain covered in water.

This means months of hard work ahead for Lake District farmers and the National Trust teams.

It is not just National Trust properties that were damaged in the flood waters.

Hundreds of Victorian glass photographic negatives suffered when water got into a storeroom at Ambleside museum.

The cost of restoring them could by very high.

Eyewitness reports from dozens of National Trust staff and volunteers working across the remoter parts of the Lake District are revealing the true extent of rural flood damage, likely to need years of work to repair.

Far from the devastation in Cockermouth, where the Trust's rescue efforts at Wordsworth House came under the media spotlight, hundreds of staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to deal with the startling impact on local communities of the torrential rain and floods in locations well away from the public eye.

Fell Foot - on the lakeshore of Windermere - has been very badly hit, with up to five feet of water in lakeside buildings, causing considerable damage.

The Trust's on-site team spent all day and night Thursday, and well into Friday, working with their neighbours; picking up families stranded in upper rooms, rescuing boats where they could and moving debris to safety.






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