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West Cumbria begins clear up

Schools, businesses and home owners are cleaning up after flash floods hit parts of west Cumbria.

St Patrick's Primary School in Cleator Moor remains closed after children were sent home early when water poured through the ceiling.

Head teacher Emma Jackson hopes the school will re-open tomorrow (19 October) and staff worked through the night to clear up the damage.

"We sent the children home as a precaution, ceiling tiles fell down and there was some damage. The staff worked last night and this morning to get it cleared up.

"As soon as we have the ok we will reopen and we hope to be back up and running on Friday. The staff have been brilliant."

– Emma Jackson, Head Teacher, St Patrick's Primary School

Parts of Whitehaven were closed by police and damage was done to roads and pavements after three inches of water fell during high tide.

Cellars around Market Street were flooded and homes in St Bees were affected.

The Environment Agency has issued Flood Alerts along the same stretch of coast today.


Flood defences officially unveiled in Keswick

The new defences should prevent a repeat of the 2009 floods, which devastated the town. Credit: ITV

A £6.1 million flood defence scheme for Keswick is being officially unveiled. The scheme is already bringing improved protection to more than 180 homes and businesses.

Keswick was devastated by record rainfall in November 2009. The new defences will protect against floods of a similar scale.

Construction began in May 2011. Today, the chairman of the Environment Agency will unveil a commemorative plaque on High Hill to mark the completion.

The new defences consist of flood walls and embankments, three specially-designed flood gates, and flood-proof doors and windows for some properties.

Matt Crump, Environment Agency Operations Manager, said: "The flooding experienced across the UK this week is a stark reminder of what has happened in Keswick in recent years and the journey we've taken since then to get this flood risk management scheme in place.

"We are extremely pleased that this is now significantly reducing the risk of flooding from the River Greta and protecting the people of Keswick."

People in the town can find out more about the new scheme at a drop-in session at Crosthwaite Parish Rooms between 12.30 pm and 5 pm on Monday.


Cycle challenge underway to raise money for flood victims in Cumbria

The second Jennings Rivers Ride is underway in west Cumbria.The pouring rain hasn't stopped more than 1000 cyclists taking to the roads. There are three routes, a family friendly route of 12 miles, a middle routeof 40 miles and an endurance route of 85 miles.

The route follows the areas which were affected by the floods in 2009 which destroyed homes and businesses. All money raised is going to the Cumbria Community Foundation, which helps victims of flooding.

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