Floods

The heavy rain continues to cause flooding across the region.

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Minister proposes insurance levy to pay for flood damage

The Environment Minister, Caroline Spelman, is proposing a general levy on home insurance to help pay for flood damage and defence schemes across the country.

It could add 10 per cent to an average family's bill, even if they live nowhere near a potential flood area.

We asked people in Carlisle what they thought of the scheme.

Cockermouth flood scheme gets an award

A £700,000 scheme to reduce flooding in Cockermouth is being given a major award today.

The town has suffered from severe flooding on numerous occasions, the most recent in 2009 when the main street was under water and thousands of properties were affected.

The award comes from the North West Institution of Civil Engineers and marks the contribution of the Cockermouth Flood Action Group.

It's for work in the Gote area of the town.

It comes on the day that the Government has announced it is considering charging all households more for their home insurance to pay for flood defence schemes around the country.

It could add 10 per cent to an average family's bill, even if they live nowhere near a potential flood area.

Flood warnings in Borders

Motorists are being warned to drive carefully on Borders roads, as surface water continues to make conditions difficult.

A number of roads have been flooded in the last 24 hours, including the A7 just outside Selkirk, and the A72 at dirtpot corner.

Scottish Borders Council are reminding residents that sandbags areavailable from fire stations in towns across the region.