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BBC Look North
For the past two weeks, communities across Cumbria have found themselves cut in half after Storm Desmond damaged or destroyed bridges and roads.
But tonight there's good news for the people of Carlisle after an underwater inspection declared the main Eden Bridge through the city is now safe to reopen to all traffic.
The move restores direct transport links between the north and south of Carlisle.Copyright: BBC
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The rain should ease overnight but it will stay cloudy and very mild. The temperature should drop no lower than 54F (12C). You can get an update forecast for wherever you are here.Copyright: BBC
Eleven farming groups have joined forces to assess the scale of flood damage on farms and associated businesses.Copyright: Prince's Countryside Fund
The Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group will also channel help to affected farms. The government's also offering up to £20,000 to help restore affected farmland.
Adam Day from the Farmer Network said:“Cumbria has suffered floods before but this year the scale of devastation on farms is beyond that seen before both due to the level of damage and its spread across the whole county."
The buildings of the former Pennine Way school in Carlisle are being adapted to form a temporary home for Newman School, which was seriously flooded.
Twelve temporary units are being added as well and more temporary buildings will be installed.
This afternoon Cumbria County Council said it should enable the school to move in on 4 January.
The duty chief forecaster says up to 50mm (2ins) could fall quite widely in South Wales, but only some high ground is likely to see that sort of total in the north-west of England.
The yellow warning says there maybe localised flooding.
Cumbria County Council has just announced that "significant damage' has been found on Eamont bridge, just south of Penrith on the A6. It will remain closed.
Customers have put in no fewer than 23,700 claims for property damage, after Storm Desmond caused torrential rain in parts of the region.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said more than 4,000 affected businesses have put in claims for damage.Copyright: BBC
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has taken what it says is the unprecedented step of opening up its members' legal helpline to any business in Cumbria adversely affected by the floods.
Tim Mosedale from Keswick is leading an expedition on a Himalayan mountain called Ama Dablam. At 6,856m (22,500 ft), it's considered one of the most beautiful peaks in the world, and he's been tweeting pictures to prove it.
The A683 between Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale has reopened after county highways engineers located a second-hand temporary bridge just the right size to span a weakened arch.Copyright: Cumbria County Council
The small bridge near Middleton Hall suffered serious damage in the floods nearly two weeks ago. The county council expected to have to order a custom-built temporary replacement, but a contractor provided one already built to the right length.
Police say they'll be putting out extra patrols on Cumbria's streets for the last Friday night before Christmas.
Heavy drinking in previous years has led to it being known in places as "black-eye Friday".
With this Christmas's panto already running, the Sands Centre in Carlisle was among the first to welcome the reopening of Eden Bridge in Carlisle.
Barrow Borough Council says it hasn't ordered the immediate closure of walkways over animal enclosures at the South Lakes Safari Park - but it will if there's no assessment by structural engineers of what appear to be rotten timbers.Copyright: Barrow Borough Council
Photographs in a report (pictured) were shown to a council meeting which issued a direction order. The zoo said on social media that this gave them no option but to close.
Council environmental health officer Richard Garnett said: "We will serve notice today. If nothing comes of that, the order to close the walkways will take effect on 19 January."
Eden Bridge in the centre of Carlisle has reopened to traffic.
The bridge links the city centre with Carlisle's northern suburbs, and there'd been widespread congestion in the days since the floods.
Divers had to inspect the bridge's piers before it could be open, and they had to wait until the river had dropped far enough to be safe.
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The road is the main north-south link in the national park and businesses say they'll lose trade if it's not reopened.
Highways engineers say the problem is that there's no room for a temporary road while the main highway's being reconstructed.
- South Lakes Safari Zoo says it will close its doors after councillors raised concerns.
- Eden Bridge in Carlisle is to be reopened to pedestrians after it was closed after the flooding
- A bedrock study has started on the washed-out A591.
- An MP raises concerns about hospital services in the House of Commons.
BBC Newcastle presenter
Carlisle's Eden Bridge has just reopened to pedestrians after the devastating floods of Storm Desmond.
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