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Flood victims do it for themselves – in true Christmas spirit

Residents in Millom are raising festive spirits as the town continues to recover from flooding.

They've taken to the streets to make a Christmas video, involving many affected homeowners, to spread festive joy in a bid to raise money.

Heavy rainfall hit 320 properties in September - affecting over 1000 people -and campaigners say 30 families are still unable to return to their homes.

The government reportedly denied attempts to access flood resilience grants as ‘not enough houses were affected’.


Flooding hits Cumbrian homes

Localised flooding has hit south Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Several properties in Millom have been flooded after heavy rain fell in south Cumbria.

A number of roads in the Windermere area were also affected by flood water, making driving conditions difficult.

A multi-agency coordination group was set up to deal with the localised flooding, mainly in the Mainsgate Road and Market Street areas of Millom.

People affected are being asked to go to Millom Fire Station. Reception centres are also being set up.

Copeland Council is providing sandbags. People can phone the emergency line on 0151 2956524.

However the police say the rain is now clearing in Millom and South Cumbria, and no further flooding is predicted.


Photo of cousins killed in car accident released

The cousins were pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have released this image of the two men who died in a collision in South Cumbria.

Cousins Aaron Heasley, 25, and Dean Heasley, 24, were involved in an accident on the A5093 at around 9.30pm, on 23 November.

Aaron Heasley was driving a blue VW Golf, and Dean was the front seat passenger. No other vehicles were involved.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger - a 26-year-old man from Millom - was taken to Furness General Hospital with serious leg injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Mobile Support Group.

Police investigate death of Millom man found in river

Police are appealing for information. Credit: PA

Police are investigating the death of a man from Millom, who was found in a river.

Andrew Bird, 27, of Holborn Hill, Millom, was found by a member of the public at Haverigg Harbour at approximately 7:40pm on Thursday 24 September.

He was hauled from the river by police and members of the public, but they were unable to revive him.

Police are not formally treating his death as suspicious, however they are still investigating the circumstances of his death and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

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