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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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Storm Eva 'knocks out power' to Irish homes

Storm Eva has reportedly "knocked out" the power supply to homes across Ireland as it brought high wind speeds sweeping across the country.

According to the Achill Coast Guard, areas including the coastal town of Belmullet in County Mayo, were affected by the power outages:

Energy company ESB is also reporting on its power check website that almost 500 customers have been affected by power outages since shortly after 5pm.

Fresh flooding takes flood victims 'back to square one'

Fresh flooding has taken flood victims "back to square one" as they deal with the aftermath of the River Eden bursting its banks once again amid fears that more rain is on the way.

Residents living in Cumbria were affected by fast rising waters yesterday, just weeks after Storm Desmond devastated the region, and now the Met office has issued weather warnings for the region over the Christmas period as Storm Eva now threatens yet more floods.

ITV News Correspondent Peter Smith reports:

Flood hit areas brace for more rain as weather warning issued

Flood hit areas are bracing for further rain after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning ahead of the Christmas.

An amber warning is in place for Boxing Day across parts of Cumbria, an area hit by flooding three times in the last fortnight, with heavy rain and gale force winds expected.

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