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How the £50m flooding fund will be used in Cumbria and Lancashire

ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has more details on how the £50 million fund for families and businesses in flood-hit areas of Cumbria and Lancashire will be used.

  • £40 million will come from the treasury reserve, but £10 million will come from the departmental budget.
  • £10 million is to go on improving public flood defences and roads.
  • £5,000 will go to households to help improve their own flood defences, such as putting in better doors and windows and raising plug sockets.
  • Households will also receive £500 each to help with emergency accommodation.
  • Businesses affected will also get £2,500 each to help deal with the flooding.

The Treasury has said it would try and improve the way in which this is delivered in future.

Cumbria and Lancashire get more than a month's rain in a day

Flooding in Grasmere, Cumbria after 18 hours of heavy rain. Credit: PA

Parts of Cumbria and Lancashire have been hit with more than a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours - and forecasters warn there is more on the way.

The village of Shap in Cumbria had the most, with 178.2mm of rain falling in the 24 hours until 7pm on Saturday night, while Keswick was hit with 156.4mm over the same period.

The average rainfall for Cumbria for the month of December is 146.1mm, he said.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution deployed its rescue team to help with the response in Cumbria.

Northern England has been hit by gusts of up to 80mph - powerful enough to overturn lorries and tear branches from trees and tiles from roofs. And London was hit with 50mph winds.

It is the fourth named storm to hit Britain in the past few months.

There is still the potential for more rain to come overnight, potentially another 100mm in the Lake District over the next 12 hours.

To have this amount of rainfall in that short space of time is very unusual." He said the weather in the north west should improve tomorrow, but fresh downpours are forecast for Monday and another weather warning has been put in place.

– Marco Petagna, a senior forecaster at the Met Office


Storm Desmond plays havoc with Scottish football fixtures

Storm Desmond takes its toll in Scotland. Credit: PA

Storm Desmond has hit the weekend sporting fixtures with the Scottish football card badly affected.

Three Premiership games were called off early on Saturday morning: the games at Celtic Park (Celtic v Hamilton), Tynecastle (Hearts v Inverness CT) and Firhill (Partick Thistle v Motherwell) all falling victim to the elements.

The Championship clash between Raith and Rangers also fell foul of the stormy weather, but only after a second inspection.

St Mirren's Championship game with Queen of the South was also postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, as well as the League One game between Albion Rovers and Stranraer.

ITV Weather has more details on the storm