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  1. Updates on Thursday December 24 2015

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  1. That was Christmas Eve, 2015, on BBC Cumbria Live

    BBC Cumbria Live updates are now finished for today.  We'll be back at 0800 on Tuesday 29 December, weather permitting.  Plans are in place to provide coverage through the holiday weekend if there's serious flooding.

    Good luck, have the best Christmas you can, and as always - we'd like to hear your stories and see your pictures.  Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

  2. Command group brought back together

    A "multi-agency strategic coordination group", which brings together Cumbria's emergency services, councils and government agencies has been reconvened to deal withthe rain forecast for Christmas night and Boxing Day.

    An updated weather warning published at lunchtime forecast a slightly reduced rainfall - 120mm (4.7in) rather than 150mm (6in) - on higher ground, and suggested this would fall in only the most exposed places.

    But forecasters still say that given the state of the ground, people should be prepared for river and surface water flooding.

  3. Community groups give back to flood-hit families

    More community groups are rallying around flood-hit families to make sure they get some Christmas cheer among the flooding misery.

    Sue Cashmore, from the Cockermouth Flood Action Group, paid tribute to the volunteers.

    "It's the people who have given for free who are really supporting us and helping us," she said.

    "They are really listening to you."

    And these members of the Eden Flood Volunteer Group were overwhelmed with gift donations. 

    See more stories here.  

    Eden Flood Volunteer Group
  4. Quaker Tapestry windows get a colourful makeover

    The windows atthe Quaker Tapestry exhibition in Kendal, which have to be blocked out to protect the embroidery within, have been decorated to brighten the look of the building.    

    Exhibition window showing detail from tapestry

    Manager Bridget Guest said visitors often thought the exhibition was closed because of the black-out blinds.

    An appeal has now raised £2,700, paying for details from the 77 embroidered panels about the history of the Quaker movement to be displayed in the windows.

  5. Rescue trainer warns drivers of hidden dangers

    Mike Gullen, a fast-water rescue trainer with the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, says it takes only 12 inches of moving water to wash a car sideways, and flood water often removes manhole covers.

    And he also sent us this video, which although it's probably from the USA, it does make a point about apparently small puddles.

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  6. Cumbria floods: County rallies ahead of Christmas

    Despite concern about further heavy rain, flood-hit communities in Cumbria are determined that festive celebrations should go ahead.

    Some have suffered three separate flooding events in less than a month, and many are camping out in their damaged homes, but the resolve to be ready for Christmas has seen volunteers rally with hot drinks, presents and home repairs.

    Six years after Cockermouth was ravaged by flooding, Pastor Roger Bye and helpers from Churches Together were again on the streets handing out aid to those whose homes had been destroyed.

    See more stories here.

    Baskets of goodies are sent to flood victims determined to stay in their homes over Christmas
  7. Big pumps moved to Cumbria ahead of downpour

    High volume pumps and 2km (1.2 miles) of portable flood barriers are being moved to Cumbria ahead ofthe weekend's forecast heavy rains.

    The Environment Agency says the four pumps can each move 1,000 litres (220 gallons) a second. 

    Another 16 smaller pumps are also being moved to the county. 

    Agency staff are also clearing blockages in watercourses and watching river levels, a spokesman said.

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  8. Hundreds of Environment Agency staff at the ready

    More than 700 Environment Agency staff are ready to respond to flooding, alongside armed forces personnel.

    About 85% of the country's temporary flood barriers are now in Cumbria as more sandbags are delivered to areas shown in the latest forecasts to be most at risk. 

    And more than 20 extra pumps are in the North of England, four of these high-volume pumps capable of moving one metric tonne of water per second. 

    Quote Message: I don't think you can ever prevent all flooding at all times against all properties. Our goal is to make sure that we provide the maximum protection for the maximum number of people and their homes and their businesses and we do that in consultation with local people." from Sir James Bevan Chief Executive, Environment Agency
    Sir James BevanChief Executive, Environment Agency
  9. Breaking'Mountainside has effectively moved' above A591

    Highways engineers say the mountainside above the A591, which spawned a series of spectacular landslides during the floods, has effectively moved.

    Car and landslide

    Public attention has concentrated in what locals call "the gap", where flood waters washed part of the road away.  

    But county council staff said today that this will be a relatively straightforward rebuild.

    The section alongside Thirlmere, the engineers say, is far more complex: 

    Quote Message: On this section of road the mountainside has effectively moved and is now unstable. The mountainside will first have to be stabilised before work can start on the carriageway to repair the fundamental structural damage. This is an engineering challenge on a large scale."
  10. Keswick Campsite counts cost of being in front line

    Keswick Campsiteis the only area covered by a flood warning from the Environment Agency today, after what its owners say are unprecedented water levels.

    The area is always the first in the county to come under an agency alert, but the owner Simon Hill says these normally only involve part of the site.  This time he says the damage is phenomenal, involving toilet blocks and the site office, and he's had to cancel the usual midwinter bookings.

    "Christmas time we were looking at about 70 units on site, but for New Year we were looking at 153, we would have been absolutely full.  It's devastating."

  11. Hotline set up for threatened floods

    A information line's been established for flood information over the holidays.

    It'll provide details from all the councils and government agencies and it's being operated by the Environment Agency Floodline service on 0345 988 1188.  

    A spokesman for the county council said it would be staffed rather than recorded.

    Council websites will also be updated andEnvironment Agency information on the flood warnings and river levels can be found here.

  12. Digger clearing the beck at Glenridding

    Across Cumbria people are preparing for the heavy rain forecast for the next few years.

    But few places can be working harder than Glenridding, where the beck that runs through the middle of the village has now burst its banks three times.

    Dgger clearing gravel from Glenridding beck

    Ewan Allinson sent us this picture. He told us: "I spent the night in the house on the right, listening to the sound of boulders thundering down the beck."

    If you're preparing the defences - or for Christmas - show us what you're up to.

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  13. Video: RNLI staff give presents to rescued youngsters

    Some more on a story we brought you earlier:

    Three-year-old and five-year-old brothers have been presented with a special gift from the RNLI who rescued them during the floods in Cumbria.

    Sebastian and Jacob Holmes, from Lytham, had been staying at their grandparents' farm in Levens when the area became flooded.

    To coax them out of the building, the RNLI Welsh division promised them RNLI helmets and a ride-on tractor.

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    Video caption: RNLI gifts for flood rescue brothers
  14. BreakingA591 shuttlebus planned for flood 'gap'

    Plans are being rushed through to provide a shuttle-bus and pedestrian and cycle links, past the point where floods ripped a hole in the main road through the Lake District.

    A591

    Cumbria highways engineers said this morning that they'd be upgrading a forestry road on the eastern side of the lake.  

    Initially it'll be for school buses only, but by the end of January they hope to provide a park-and-ride system until work on rebuilding the main highway is complete.

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