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A reminder of the #FloodAware helpline

As Cumbria prepares itself for more flooding on Christmas Day, the Environment Agency has reminded residents of its helpline number.

Environment Agency chief monitoring flood risk

James Bevan, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, tweets:

Army arrive to step up Cumbria flood preparation

The Army has arrived in Cumbria to help start putting up sandbags and flood defences in preparation for further flooding.

The Army has been called in to support efforts to protect Cumbria. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Cumbria has suffered severe flooding three times this month. Credit: Ministry of Defence
One company from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment have been deployed. Credit: Ministry of Defence

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Storm Eva: 4,500 Republic of Ireland homes without power

Homes in Republic of Ireland hit by widespread power outages Credit: PA

Thousands of homes in the Republic of Ireland have been left without power as Storm Eva sweeps its way across the country.

Electricity provider ESB Networks confirmed it had received reports of 4,500 homes which had experienced power outages.

The power outages came as forecasters predicted that heavy rain and strong gusts of wind would sweep across the UK starting early on Wednesday evening.

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