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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 18 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. That was BBC Cumbria Live for Friday 18 December

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with news, weather and travel information updated through the day. 

    And you can help us keep in touch with the county: Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.   

  2. On Look North tonight: Eden Bridge reopened to traffic

    Carol Malia

    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. 

    Engineers check Eden Bridge

     Join me at 18:30 on BBC One for the full story.  

  3. Farm groups link to assess scale of flood damage

    Eleven farming groups have joined forces to assess the scale of flood damage on farms and associated businesses.

    Sheep rescue

    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."

  4. Flood-hit school finds temporary home

    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.

  5. Weather warning: Wales will take brunt of rain

    The Met Office has updated its warning of rain for the weekend.

    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.

  6. BreakingEamont Bridge 'to stay closed'

    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.

  7. Storm Desmond repair bill likely to be £520m, insurers say

    The insurance bill for the floods in Cumbria and the North earlier this month is likely to hit £520m, the industry has said.

    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.

    aerial view of floods
  8. Far from the floods, mountaineer Tim leads expedition

    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.

    View more on twitter
  9. Second-hand bridge means road can reopen

    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.

    Temporary bridge

    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.

  10. More police out for 'black eye' night

    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". 

  11. Cinderella celebration as bridge opens

    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.

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  12. Council: We haven't closed zoo walkways - yet

    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.

    Pictures of structural timbers from council report

    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."

  13. Eden Bridge open to traffic

    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.

  14. Campaigners petition for rapid road repair

    An internet petition for rapid action to repair the A591 through the Lake District, or put in a temporary link, has now gathered more than 3,000 signatures.

    A591

    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.

  15. Main headlines so far: Zoo says it's closing after council orders safety checks and Eden Bridge is reopened

    • 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.
  16. On Look North at lunchtime: Carlisle's Eden Bridge is reopened to pedenstrians

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle presenter

    Carlisle's Eden Bridge has just reopened to pedestrians after the devastating floods of Storm Desmond.

    Join me for this and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.