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Christmas Day showers cause risk of flooding in Cumbria

Credit: Environment Agency

Wintry showers throughout Christmas Day have spurred a number of alerts and one warning for flooding in Cumbria today.

Flood warning

  • Keswick Campsite

Flood alerts

  • Lower River Eden
  • Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster
  • Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water

Motorists are advised to take extra care as surface water is expected to form on some roads. Visit the Cumbria Police and Copeland Police Twitter pages to see which roads are affected.

  • Latest updates here.

WATCH: West coast mainline bridges could be built to reduce flood risk in Carlisle

Major work could be carried out on two west coast mainline bridges in Carlisle in an attempt to reduce the risk of more flooding.

It is one of more than a hundred options being made public at a drop in session in the city this evening, Tuesday 4 July.

The Environment Agency says only in 2018 will any final decision be taken.

Watch Katie Hunter's report below:

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20,000 inspections since December's floods

The Environment Agency say the number of inspections they've carried out since the flooding in December has hit the 20,000 mark.

The floods which tore through various parts of Cumbria caused widespread devastation to land, bridges, roads, railways and houses.

The EA has now set a target of 650 repairs which have to be completed by August.

Environment Agency boss quits after Barbados Holiday row

Sir Philip Dilley has quit as Environment Agency chairman Credit: Press Association

Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley has quit after coming under fire for not returning from a family holiday in Barbados during the recent floods.

He said the decision to resign was because "expectations of the role have expanded to require the chairman to be available at short notice throughout the year", something he felt was "inappropriate".

He insisted he was "well qualified" to carry out the role but media scrutiny on him was "diverting attention" from efforts to help those affected by flooding.

In his resignation statement he said: "I want to be clear that I have not made any untrue or misleading statements, apart from approving the statement about my location over Christmas that in hindsight could have been clearer."

Responding to the resignation, Liberal Democrats Leader and Cumbrian MP Tim Farron said Mr Dilley should have joined his staff and been working over the Christmas break.

“Many staff gave up their Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Their boss should have joined them. It seemed to many that this organisation was bereft of its formal leadership when it was most needed.

“The public deserved better.”

– Tim Farron MP
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