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Tourism businesses host A591 reopening celebrations

The A591 re-opened on May 11th Credit: ITV News Border

Tourism businesses are hosting a series of celebrations today to mark the official reopening of the A591.

The road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed due to flooding during Storm Desmond in December. It reopened last week and businesses are now keen to promote the area.

Celebrations include a vintage car display and a children's poetry reading.

"The closure of the A591 following Storm Desmond had a terrible impact on local residents and local businesses, but the good news is that the road is now fixed.

"This event is about sending the message loud and clear that Cumbria is back 'open for business'.

"I'd like to thank all those who have helped to organise this event, as well as those who have contributed funding, in particular South Lakeland District Council."

– Tim Farron MP, South Lakes, Lib Dem

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20,000 inspections since December's floods

The Environment Agency say the number of inspections they've carried out since the flooding in December has hit the 20,000 mark.

The floods which tore through various parts of Cumbria caused widespread devastation to land, bridges, roads, railways and houses.

The EA has now set a target of 650 repairs which have to be completed by August.

Flood victims urged to ask for help

People affected by floods are being urged to apply for help. Credit: ITV Border

People and businesses who were affected by last December's floods are being urged to apply for help.

The Cumbria Community Foundation has now raised £10million to help people rebuild their lives.

They're offering grants to people who were affected and will be investing in projects across Cumbria.

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