Cumbria

Flood protection money for Carlisle properties

Flood defences are to be installed at several homes in Carlisle after the city council was successful in getting a share of a national grant.

The Environment Agency has earmarked £2m to be spent protecting homes from future flooding and £25,000 has been set aside for the city.

It will be spent on six properties in Rickerby that were badly hit by floods in 2005 and 2009.

The money will be spent on fitting special defences such as flood doors.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "The funding will be spent on products for individual properties such as flood barriers for doors or airbrick covers.

"These help to minimise the damage caused by flood water entering properties and greatly reduce the length of time needed to repair a building and its contents."

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