FLOOD REPORT 27.1.2016
Since the 5th December Penrith Lions Club members have been very active in working with flood victims and other agencies in the Eden area and Carlisle.
We have had representatives on the ground since the first days of the flooding, identifying victims in Appleby and Warcop, Eamont Bridge and Pooley Bridge. Our members have also assisted the Eden Flood Volunteer group to assist in Carlisle and Appleby helping victims to replace curtain rails etc prior to returning to their homes. We have also assisted the Eden Flood Volunteers in their new warehouse with the organisation of goods, sorting brushes and cleaning products etc.
To date Penrith Lions Club have purchased or hired the following items and distributed them to identified areas of need free of charge.
12 new domestic dehumidifiers together with some second-hand donated ones, distributed in Appleby, Glenridding and Carlisle.
5 Industrial Grade driers hired and delivered to Glenridding following multiple flooding events.
7 Calor Gas heaters purchased and delivered to Carlisle in the early stages of the emergency during a period of prolonged power failure.
1 Washing Machine purchased for a young family in Warcop who were flooded out of their home.
1 Tumble Drier purchased for the above family.
1 Electric cooker purchased for a mentally disabled person in Glenridding.
1 Microwave cooker purchased for a gentleman in Eamont Bridge who is living upstairs in his home and had no cooking facilities.
In addition to the above we have purchased a large number of brushes, shovels, mops, buckets, trugs, work gloves, disinfectant, cleaning materials, deodorisers, plastic cups and many other items needed to make the lives of victims and volunteers more bearable. Whilst most of the above was purchased by our club, local businesses did provide many items free of charge or at discounted prices and their help was very much appreciated.
Similarly many Lions Clubs throughout the country made offers of help and financial donations to our flood funds. These include Stowmarket Lions, Minster Lions York (who were also flooded), Lichfield Lions, Buckley and Mold Lions, Upholland and Tawde Vale Lions, Swindon Lions. To cap it all, Dave Jones of Selby Lions Club drove all the way to Penrith through the worst rain and gales for many years to deliver a car-load of new toys which were subsequently delivered to a Penrith centre on 22 December where a Christmas "Get Together" had been organised for families of flood victims. Funding assistance was also received from our Lions District and this has been helpful in our support efforts.
As can be seen from weather events over the past few days, this emergency is by no means over. Just because the water has gone down does not mean that things are back to normal. Victims continue to struggle with their situation, the clean-up stage has started and the moving-back stage is still to come. This is when many needs will be revealed, especially amongst those who are un-insured or are having to pay enormous insurance excess costs. However long it takes, Penrith Lions Club will be there for the victims to help in any way we can, and even just to put an arm round their shoulders to let them know we care.
Penrith Lions Club