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Flood washes hundreds of tons of rubble onto Cumbrian cricket pitch

Hundreds of tonnes of rubble and sludge were deposited on Threlkeld Cricket Club at the foot of Blencathra, once named as one of the five prettiest in the land by cricket bible Wisden’s.

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Threlkeld Cricket Club on June 23. Photographer Luke Winter said: "The flooding left thousands of tonnes of stone, gravel and debris scattered all over our pitch. The ground now is unavailable for the rest of the season."

Related: Storms bring flood chaos to Cumbria

Club chairman Richard Allen estimates that the flood water has caused up to £100,000 worth of damage.

He has also claimed the disaster could have been prevented had a nearby culvert been cleaned out regularly by the authorities.

It is understood that it was last dredged in 2006.

Mr Allen said: “From a cricket club perspective our lovely ground has been completely destroyed through a lack of foresight from one body or another. I hope that someone will stand up and accept responsibility and that it will not be passed from one bureaucracy to another with us playing piggy in the middle.

Flooding at Threlkeld Cricket Club. Article continues below...

 

“What is so depressing about this mess is that it was easily avoidable.It would take a maximum of two days to clean that culvert out using a JCB. Now it is monumental task.”

Mr Allen said that the area may have to be re-laid and re-seeded.

The ground is not just used for cricket but for local events including school sports days.

Meanwhile,homeowners across the region breathed a collective sigh of relief as flood defences in Carlisle and west Cumbria held after a month’s rain fell in just 24 hours.

There were some anxious moments in Carlisle, Keswick and Cockermouth, with people keeping a close eye on the river levels as flood warnings were issued overnight on Friday.

Sue Cashmore, chairman of the Cockermouth Flood Action Group, said: “The flood defences on Gote Road were tested on Friday and the pumping system which we worked for was working very nicely.

“This was their first serious test and without them we would probably have been flooded.”

She added: “There was some nervousness and anxiety because of all the flood warnings and the river was very high and very angry.”

Lynne Jones, of Keswick Flood Action Group, said that Friday “had been a worrying night”, particularly for those living in Elliott Park close to the Greta.

She said: “Generally speaking, I think we have been really quite fortunate.

“We had an awful lot of help from the fire brigade and everyone pulled together; it was a real community effort.

“ It could have been so much worse.”

The water level was hight but did not reach the same levels as 2005 and 2009.

Have your say

Janice, I live in a flood zone and managed to get very competetive insurance via a broker in Carlisle. I moved into the property after it had flooded so had no existing cover to rely on but it wasn't a problem once the broker became involved.

Posted by Helen on 18 July 2012 at 09:05

Malcom- it is a waste of time asking for a flood certificate. All insurers are interested in is are you in a flood risk area. My post code is and even though I have never claimed and my property has never flooded I am unable to get insurance other than renew with my existing provider. I am now paying three times more than I did 7 years ago even though I have the maximum no claims. The insurers have various different criteria such as not insuring properties that are a mile within flooded properties or not insuring those properties that are less than 400metres from a river. None of the insurers give two hoots if you have flood defences protecting you. I would have no issue with a big flood excess as I know the chances of my property flooding are slim. But every insurer I have contacted (quite a few!) just refuse to provide a quote. Would love to know how others classed as 'flood risk' are managing to get insurance.

Posted by Janice on 25 June 2012 at 21:40

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