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WATCH: Flood responders sign up in Cockermouth

A new flood response group was officially launched in Cockermouth today.

Cockermouth Emergency Response Group's stated aim is "to ensure the community in the town is better prepared for flooding".

The group was created by Churches Together, Rotary and Cockermouth Flood Action Group, and is being supported by the town, borough and county councils.

It was formed in the wake of last year's floods when large parts of the town were inundated with water.

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Call for more flood recovery funding

Credit: ITV Border

A charity has put out an appeal for more support for people affected by last December's floods.

This is despite already awarding seven million pounds in grants.

The Cumbria Community Foundation say seven hundred families are yet to return to their homes. It hopes to fund more hardship awards and support groups.

Locals band together to repair flood-hit footbridge

Local people have worked together to fund the repairs. Credit: ITV Border

A footbridge near Sedbergh is being rebuilt after it was washed away by Storm Desmond.

December's floods caused hundreds of millions of pounds worth of damage across Cumbria.

Locals had feared that the little footbridge would be lower down the priority list, so the community clubbed together to help instead of waiting for the authorities.

Flood alert still in place for Dumfries & Galloway

A flood alert is in place. Credit: SEPA

A flood alert remains in place for Dumfries and Galloway until Wednesday morning.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is warning high astronomical tides are present along the Solway Firth.

Isolated instances of wave and spray overtopping are possible around the high tides along the Dumfries and Galloway coastline.

High tides are midday and midnight in this period.

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