Cumbria’s flooding events in 2015 and 2019 were the worst for 558 years (from sediment analysis on the bed of Bassenthwaite).

On 5 December 2015 the most destructive storm ever recorded in Cumbria struck, washing away numerous bridges, and even roads, devastating towns and villages and flooding 50,000 homes in Cumbria (see our Rising film for the story of Storm Desmond in Glenridding). Following that devastating day, we launched our Cumbria Flood appeal, to raise money to help the restoration operation. We've rounded up some of the news and events following the storm, the projects we've helped to fund and activities we've organised; all designed to help with the recovery and to improve resilience for future events. Read it here.

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Storm Desmond: study says flooding was 'largest in 600 years'

Floods in 2009 and 2015 were worst in Cumbria for centuries – study

Read more about Friends of the Lake District's work on flooding issues in the Five years since Storm Desmond