Flood defences

Flood victims have little confidence in resilience works on Cumbrian homes

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

People in Cumbria say they have very little confidence in steps that have been taken to protect their homes from flooding.

Householders in Carlisle being taken to safety by dinghy
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Thousands of people were given government grants after Storm Desmond in 2015, to install defences, including special doors.

But some say they've encountered problems, because the defences weren't installed properly.

Pete Savin, from Kendal, says the handle of his flood door snapped off in his hand and had to be replaced.

You just have to put your faith in the people who did the job and just hope that it works. It always leaves you a little bit uneasy, but there's not a lot you can do about it until the worst happens really."

The company responsible for the work, Adler and Allan, says the problems were down to a subcontractor, which has since gone out of business.

An industry code of practice has recently been brought in to improve standards, but the government won't say whether the grants will come back after flooding caused by Storm Ciara.