The government has said it is looking at its flood defences in the light of Storm Desmond and said there are lessons to be learnt.
In a statement on the flooding, Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “Since 2009 we have invested £45M in new defences in Cumbria. But we will need to learn lessons and reflect on what we can learn from this extreme weather event.
“In the last Parliament there was a real terms increase in the investment in flood defences and in this Parliament there will be another real terms increase in spending. We are investing £2.3bn in 1500 schemes throughout the country that will better protect 300,000 homes and the Spending Review has also confirmed that we’re protecting flood maintenance spending throughout this Parliament as well as capital spending.”
The statement also confirmed that the Bellwin scheme will be open for local authorities affected by floods to recoup the costs of repairing the damage.
On Saturday more than a month’s rain fell in one day and during Saturday night main rivers all across Cumbria exceeded the highest levels ever recorded.