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  1. Updates on Friday 11 December 2015

Live Reporting

By Nell Dunn and Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Cumbria have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    We hope you can join us then.

  2. Weather: Saturday's heaviest rain 'should stay south of Cumbria'

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    The current predictions are for rain and hill snow to push up from the south during Saturday morning and last through the afternoon and into the evening. 

    It looks as though the heaviest of the rain will stay to the south of Cumbria. However, with about 20mm of rain (40mm on the fells) possible, the Met Office have a "be aware" yellow warning in force. Any additional flooding problems across Cumbria are expected to be very isolated.

    Any snow should be limited to ground above 200m, with any significant accumulations limited to ground above 400m.

    With the situation remaining finely balanced, the message is to continue to try to keep up to date with the latest information available.

  3. On Look North tonight: Soldiers help out in Keswick and candelight evening in Cockermouth

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    Dozens of soldiers marched into Keswick to help people recover from the ravages of Storm Desmond.

    Farmers call for urgent government aid after being left with dead livestock and waterlogged fields.

    Meanwhile it's business as usual in Cockermouth as the town holds a candelight evening and urges visitors to support the local community. 

    Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 18:30.     

  4. Appeal for driers, painting and decorating and cleaning supplies

    Cumbria County Council says it has had more than 500 offers of help this week, ranging from food and mattresses to volunteer help and Christmas hampers.

    The offers are passed on to various organisations working in communities.

    Gillian Elliott from the council said the needs were now changing. They were now keen to hear from people who could offer:

    • Dehumidifiers and heaters
    • Painting and decorating supplies
    • Places for storage
    • Washing and cleaning supplies

    The council's now established a new website for information.

  5. Environment Agency: 6,000 properties flooded, 8,600 defended

    The Environment Agency says it believes more than 6,000 properties have been flooded in Lancashire and Cumbria over the past week.

    Flood defences, the agency said this evening, had saved an estimated 8,600 from inundation.

    The agency has got contractors currently clearing a landlside upstream from Glenridding. About 1,000 tonnes of debris has been taken out of the beck through the village to clear the watercourse.

  6. Concrete firm fined over worker's death

    A West Cumbrian concrete company has been fined £180,000 after incidents in which one employee was injured and another killed.

    Martin McGlasson, 37, was crushed to death at ACP Concrete's Lakes Road site in Workington in September 2011 when a staircase fell over and landed on him.    

    Martin McGlasson

    Only hours earlier, a 17-year-old had suffered leg injuries in a separate accident. 

    The firm's representatives admitted two health and safety charges relating to both events.

    The company must also pay £60,626 in costs.

  7. People urged to remain vigilant over flooding

    The Environment Agency said while  further rain was forecast this weekend, it did not currently anticipate the need to issue any further flood warnings.

    The Met Office currently has a yellow warning - which means be aware - of rain and snow for the North West on Saturday. There is one flood warning currently in place from the Environment Agency in Cumbria for Keswick Campsite and a number of flood alerts.

    But an Environment Agency spokeswoman said rain was anticipated and continued to urge people to be vigilant.

    It said if worst case scenarios are realised the Environment Agency said it could expect to be issuing some flood warnings in the areas of Appleby and Keswick.

  8. Heavy plant mustered to clear Appleby flood debris

    Skips and lifting machinery such as diggers will move into the Sands at Appleby to collect damaged household property on Sunday.

    Sands at Appleby

    Eden Council says the collection will start at 08:00 on the North side of the Sands (pictured), and the road will be closed in sections while work is in progress.  The teams will then move on to other parts of the town.

  9. Army helps out in Keswick

    About 100 soldiers from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment have been helping flood-hit households in Keswick today.

    Soldiers in Keswick

    About 600 people in the town are thought to have been forced from their homes by flooding - some for the third time in 10 years.

  10. Eighty families queue for emergency housing

    An increasing number of families are in need of temporary housing according to South Lakeland Council officials.

    A spokesman said there had been a significant increase in the number of families coming forward after insurers had told them they couldn't stay on while repairs were carried out.

    With 80 households now waiting, the council's urgently appealing for landlords and holiday home owners to contact them.

  11. The chaos left by floods on Cumbria's roads

    Martin Lewes


    Repairing the flood damage to Cumbria's roads will be a lengthy and expensive job. Sixteen bridges are still closed.

    Remains of Pooley Bridge

    Some, like Pooley Bridge (pictured), were washed away or damaged.  Others are awaiting inspection by engineers, like Eden Bridges in Carlisle.    This could be delayed by bad weather.

    Car and landslides

    One of the worst affected roads is the A591 from Keswick to Grasmere, partly washed away and blocked by a number of landslides. The diversion is 40 miles long.

  12. Travel: Crash blocks key road in Kendal

    BBC Travel

    An accident involving a car and a lorry has blocked Aynam Road in Kendal. 

  13. Lakes rangers check out flood-damaged paths

    Lake District National Park rangers say they're having to close some paths and footbridges in the fells because of the ravages of the storms of last week.

    The authority says most of the fells are accessible, but where paths are closed it's important people take notice. Walkers should beware of loose paths and unstable ground.

    The park authority says that once the information about closed paths and bridges has been collated, it will go on the Lake District website.

  14. Deputy Chief Constable to become Acting Chief Constable

    Cumbria's Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Skeer is taking over as Acting Chief Constable until next year.

    Cumbria police logo

    Cumbria's police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes said today that the Chief Constable Jerry Graham was taking sick leave until the end of January.