Heavy rain as ex Storm Jonas sweeps region

Storm Jonas caused havoc in the USA, and the remains of the storm have lead to heavy rain and flood warnings in the region.

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Council claim they will fund flood repairs through government grant

Cumbria County Council has been forced to respond to rumours that a proposed council tax rise is being levied to fund flood recovery.

We've ruled out any possible council tax increases for carrying out flood repairs. The funding that we're going to be asking for, and we'll be going down to the government in the next two weeks, for the Cumbrian ASK and the Flood ASK, is around £500 million we think."

– Cumbria County Council

WATCH: Bell Bridge collapse leaves locals devastated

Locals have described the collapse of a Grade II listed bridge as a 'tragedy'.

Bell Bridge at Welton near Carlisle had stood for nearly 200 years but yesterday it crumbled into the River Caldew after becoming damaged in the recent storms.

Our reporter, Matthew Taylor, met some of the locals as they shared their memories of the bridge with him:


'People seen crossing Bell Bridge 20 minutes before collapse'

Cumbria County Council has tweeted that people were seen crossing a Cumbrian bridge 20 minutes before it collapsed... despite warning signs being in place.

Bell Bridge had stood near the village of Welton for nearly 250 years, but was damaged in the December floods, and collapsed yesterday.

Cumbria flood warnings

There is 1 flood warning and 4 flood alerts in force across Cumbria.

A Yellow Warning for rain is also in place across Cumbria from 3pm today until 6pm tomorrow.

Flood warning:

Flood alert:

For further information on floods warnings in Cumbria, visit the Environment Agency website.


WATCH: flooding in Dumfries and Galloway

Parts of Dumfries and Galloway have been flooded, including the village of Cullin.

Homes were evacuated and as you can see from this video, surface water remains on the roads, but there are no longer any flood warnings in place:

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