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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 December 2015

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    Live updates for Cumbria have now finished.  

    We'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 when we'll have the latest information about how Storm Frank is affecting the county.

    You too can get involved: Email us, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook

    Good night.

  2. Helpline if you're affected by the floods

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    With concerns over further flooding tomorrow, I thought I'd share a useful number with you. It's an extra information helpline for people affected by the floods.

    It's open 24/7 and the number is 0345 988 1188.

    This line has been organised by Cumbria County Council, the six district councils and the government and will be run by the Environment Agency’s Floodline service.

  3. Staff at animal charity prepare for third flood

    Staff at a Cumbrian animal charity that has already been flooded twice are working hard to protect their animals from an expected third flood. 

    The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, which is home to many endangered species, including snow leopards, expects water levels to rise again in the next 24 hours.

    Sadly one of their animals, a dwarf mongoose, died during the last floods.

  4. Storm Frank: Advice from Cumbria Police

    A multi-agency Strategic Command Group meeting was held this morning to assess and coordinate the flooding work. 

    Community groups for the areas of concern (see update at 15:07) are being contacted with the latest advice.    

    Supt Mark Pannone says:

    Quote Message: “The further spell of rain and high winds is likely to cause some disruption across north and west Cumbria. The Strategic Coordination Group are doing everything possible to ensure that the county is prepared for the forecasted conditions.
    Quote Message: I would advise those who live or work in the areas of concern to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and Environment Agency advice.
    Quote Message: I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure the Cumbrian public that all agencies are ensuring that staff are in place to respond to any potential incidents throughout the next 24 hours.”
  5. BreakingCumbria at risk of flooding 'until 1 January'

    The Environment Agency says there is the potential for further significant flooding in Cumbria from tomorrow until 1 January.

    Craig Woolhouse, director of incident management, said: "Our hearts go out to those that have been flooded. Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock in difficult conditions, to protect homes, communities and land.

    “The weather continues to be hugely challenging, with more rain threatening to cause further flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire on Wednesday and through to Friday. 

    "We urge communities and visitors, particularly in Cumbria to prepare and not to walk or drive through flood water."

  6. Cumbria flood fund raises more than £4m

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    A fund set up to raise money for the victims of flooding in Cumbria has now raised more than £4m. 

    The fund set up by the Cumbria Community Foundation aims to raise £6m to support individuals and communities devastated by the December flooding and storms in Cumbria.

  7. Song great way to help families 'at this terrible time'

    The news a charity version of Auld Lang Syne is being released to raise money for flood-hit families has been hailed by the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal.

    Cath Howard, chief operating officer for the Cumbria Community Foundation, which is running the appeal, said: “We are extremely touched by so many generous offers of help and support to the people of Cumbria.

    “The recording of Auld Lang Syne by Holly Little and the Dumfries Community Choir is a great way of raising vital funds for families and individuals affected by flooding at this terrible time and our thanks go out to the organisers and our friends across the border.”

  8. Met Office response to the updated weather warning

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    We've asked the Met Office if the reduction in the number of hours for the amber weather warning for rain tomorrow means we're looking at a worse situation in the county, or a better one.

    It cut the time the rain is expected to fall by nearly nine hours, but said the same amount would land - about 60mm to 70mm with 120mm in the most exposed areas.

    But a spokesman told us it means the situation remains the same, and the change in time is just because they are now able to be more specific.

  9. Two flood alerts in place for Cumbria

    There are currently only two flood alerts in place for Cumbria. 

    A flood alert is the lowest level of warning the Environment Agency issue. They are for:

    •   Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster  
    •   Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water  

    You can keep up-to-date with the latest information from the Environment Agency here.

  10. Timeline of December storms' trail of destruction

    December 2015 has been the wettest on record for parts of the UK and has seen several communities swamped by rising waters.

    What storms hit when and where, and what damage did they cause?

    See a timeline of the December storms here.

    Man walks through flood water
  11. Sandbags available at council depots in South Lakes

    South Lakeland District Council says it is preparing for severe weather and is warning residents to keep a close eye on warnings issued by the police and the Environment Agency.

    The council's contact centre is open as usual on 01539 733 333, apart from New Year's Day.

    And the Environment Agency has set up a flood hotline which will operate 24 hours a day on 0845 988 1188.

    A council spokesman adds there are sandbags available for residents to collect from the depots at Canal Head, Kendal, Ulverston and Ecclerigg.

  12. BreakingStorm Frank: Update from Cumbria Police

    Cumbria Police says the main areas of concern for flooding tomorrow are Appleby, Braithwaite, Cockermouth, Egremont, Flimby, Glenridding and Keswick. 

    But it adds that the extended spell of adverse conditions from Storm Frank is not expected to cause disruption on a scale similar to Storm Desmond in early December.

  13. Charity version of Auld Lang Syne to raise flooding cash

    A charity version of Auld Lang Syne performed by Dumfries Community Choir is to be released to raise the Cumbria Community Foundation flood appeal.

    The head of the choir, Graham Main, plus performers from Big Burns Supper's Burns Night carnival were joined by Jane Humphries from the foundation. 

    It was launched this morning outside Carlisle Castle.

  14. Met Office updates amber warning for rain

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    The Met Office has updated its amber warning for rain tomorrow.

    It's now in place from 00:15 to 15:00. They say that 60mm - 70mm of rain is possible quite widely with perhaps in excess of 120mm in the most exposed spots on high ground.

    Some medium level disruption due to flooding from either rivers or surface water is thought likely.

    This amount of rain is the same it predicted from 00:15 to 23:45 earlier, so we're asking if this means the situation is getting better, or worse...

    You can see the latest details from the Met Office here.

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  15. Foundation hands out £700,000 to flood-hit families

    The Cumbria Community Foundation says it has handed out £700,000 to more than 900 homes since Storm Desmond hit at the beginning of the month.

    View more on twitter
  16. Carlisle - Maryport train services back on

    Here's the latest news on the recently disrupted train routes:

    • Carlisle - Maryport: Services are running again with delays of 20-30 minutes.
    • Hexham - Carlisle: Remains closed with very limited bus replacement service in place and longer journey times compared to normal train service.
  17. Your photos: Backbarrow this morning

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    I felt like we needed a bit of colour this lunchtime so here's a photograph from one of the BBC Weather Watchers.

    It was taken by TonyE this morning at Backbarrow.

    I'd love to see your photographs you can get in touch by email, tweet us @BBC_Cumbria or contact us via Facebook.

    Sheep in field at Backbarrow
  18. December 'likely to be warmest since at least 1659'

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A hugely significant new record is due to be set with December likely to turn out to be the warmest since at least 1659 on Central England Temperature data.