Flooded communities begin to recover their homes and businesses

Thousands of residents have been displaced by Storm Desmond, but now the clean-up process begins as people across the region start to salvage their homes and businesses.

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Three more bridges reopen following floods

Three bridges in west Cumbria which had been closed following the devastating floods last month have reopened.

Ouse Bridge at Bassenthwaite, Broughton High Bridge and Gote Bridge in Cockermouth have all been declared safe.

Homeowners and businesses in Cockermouth say they are relieved the bridge has escaped any serious damage and that the town is reconnected once more.

"I think it is a really significant part of the recovery.

"The town is doing very well but we needed to join up the parts of the town that have been separated.

"Gote Bridge opening up has been a fantastic step in that direction. It means that people who live in Papcastle and the Gote can have easy access to the town. It also getting the traffic moving again."

– Andy Walsh, Cockermouth Chamber of Trade


Flooded families in southern Scotland urged to apply for Crisis Grants

Low-income households affected by flooding in the south of Scotland are being encouraged to apply for grant funding.

Dumfries and Galloway Council says Scottish Welfare Fund cash is available to those that meet the criteria.

The Crisis Grants are discretionary grants which means the local authority will decide whether to award a grant based on the level of priority shown in the application and the amount of money left in the budget. They do not have to be repaid.

You can get a crisis grant if:

  • You are aged 16 or over and
  • You're on a low income and
  • You are unable to get financial help from any other appropriate source.

You can't get a crisis grant if:

  • You have made repeat applications for a grant
  • You have resources of your own
  • You cannot normally get more than three crisis grants within a 12 month period unless you can show that it wasn’t your fault that you need another crisis grant.

Carlisle rugby club homeless for the rest of the season

Carlisle Rugby Club are most likely to be homeless for the rest of the season as their pitch remains unplayable after the floods wrecked their grounds last month.

Members have to decide whether or not to demolish the current site which could cost around a million pounds.

Their head coach says the team aren't too demoralised though.

"You know the lads are working hard and they're proud to be from Carlisle to be fair, they don't want any other message to be sent out to the wider community than that and the community as a whole has rallied round. The offers of support from throughout the rugby community has been immense."

– Gary Hewer, Head Coach, Carlisle Rugby Club

Keswick Guest House says government insurance scheme will be worse for them

The owners of a Guest House in Keswick have launched a petition to change the Government's new Flood Re Insurance Scheme.

It means people at risk of flooding can't be refused insurance but Steve and Steph Curtis say it wouldn't help businesses like theirs.

Bramblewood Cottage was flooded last month and has a big excess after suffering in 2009 as well.

Grants available for D&G flood victims

The Whitesands in Dumfries was flooded by Storm Frank. Credit: PA

Flood victims in Dumfries and Galloway can apply for grants from the local council.

Following two major storms in December, the council is offering Crisis Grants to families or individuals on a low income.

The purpose is "to meet expenses that have arisen as a result of an emergency or disaster in order to avoid serious damage or serious risk to the health or safety of the applicant or their family."

People can apply for grants to cover their short term living expenses (including food and energy costs), as well as many household items.

  • You can apply for a Crisis Grant here


Watch: flooding in Warcop

Floods Minister and local MP Rory Stewart is visiting Warcop today, after an invitation by local residents.

They say the town has been ignored, despite suffering in the floods caused by Storm Desmond.

This viewer footage shows the extent of the flooding:

Warning as people ignore A591 closure signs

There was major destruction on the A591. Credit: ITV News

Pedestrians and cyclists are being warned to stay away from a flood-damaged Lake District Road.

Cumbria County Council say people have been risking their safety by moving fencing and ignoring closure signs on the A591 around Thirlmere.

They have warned that this could delay construction work that is ongoing to repair the road, as well as putting people's safety at risk.

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