Storm Ciara

  1. Diggers clear gravel out of Greta to reduce flood risk

    Up to 10,000 tonnes of stones and gravel are being removed from the bed of the River Greta in Keswick.

    Diggers at work

    The Environment agency says the gravel was left by the river after Storms Ciara and Dennis last winter, and it's hoped the scheme will help the river to flow better and reduce the risk of flooding.

    Lynne Jones, who chairs Keswick Flood Action Group, says it's been very worrying to see the state of the river this year but she's delighted something's being done:

    Quote Message: We had another set of close calls in February, Thirlmere was full, overflowing, river was massive, it brought it all back in a horrible kind of way and although it's been brilliantly sunny, we still kept on saying 'what are you doing about the gravel?'." from Lynne Jones
    Lynne Jones
    Quote Message: We can't guarantee that people won't flood... what I can say is we are going to be the best prepared for winter, we've done the maintenance that we need to do, Penrith Road will be ready, and we'll be as ready as we can be for this next winter." from Stewart Mounsey Environment Agency
    Stewart MounseyEnvironment Agency
  2. Government increases funding for flood-hit farmers

    An extra £6m has been made available to farmers affected by flooding earlier this year.

    Flooded farm

    Storms Ciara and Dennis brought heavy rain to large swathes of the UK leaving thousands of acres of farmland underwater.

    The National Farmers' Union said the government has now pledged £10m in total for those affected.

    NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said the increase in funding would be a "huge relief" to farmers, some of whom are facing bills of "hundreds of thousands of pounds".

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    Video caption: Wettest February on record

    Met Office statistics show last month was the wettest February on record with some parts of England seeing more than four times the average February rainfall.