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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Nell Dunn

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nell Dunn

    BBC Cumbria

    BBC Cumbria Live has finished for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with updates on the county's news, sport weather and travel.

    If you've got any pictures or news to send in, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page

  2. Afternoon weather: dry start to the night, becoming rainy

    A mostly dry start to the night but rain will move in during the early hours, turning heavy at times and possibly wintry over the high ground.  Winds strengthen as the rain approaches. Minimum Temperature 4C (39F). 

    Wet and windy weather will continue through Thursday morning, clearing into the afternoon. 

    You can see a detailed forecast for where you live here.

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  3. Yellow weather warning in place for tomorrow

    A yellow weather warning has been put in place for a very small part of the county from 04:00 tomorrow. 

    It's the lowest level of warning but is in place until 21:00 tomorrow night. 

    The Met Office says rainfall totals of 10-20 mm are likely with the possibility of 30 mm on higher ground.

    You can see the latest updates from the met office here.

  4. Councillor warns MPs we need to be aware of 'long-term health impacts' of flooding

    Representatives from Cumbria have been giving evidence to the parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the devastation caused by Storm Desmond and subsequent storms and heavy rain. 

    Councillor Keith Little, who's in charge of roads for Cumbria County Council, warned of the mental health impacts of flooding, saying that after 2009 floods in the area, people were still coming forward with mental health issues in 2012.

    Quote Message: Cumbria is very fragile at the moment, our people are very tired. Some of our responders are also victims here, trying to get into work and do the day job and then having to deal with floods at home."
  5. MPs told that during the floods people shouldn't have to be filling out questionnaires

    Environment Agency bosses have faced a grilling from MPs over their handling of the winter floods. 

    The Agency's Chairman, Sir Philip Dilley, faced criticism from the Commons Environment Committee for staying in Barbados with his family over Christmas as the storms hit. 

    MPs also took evidence from a series of witnesses from Cumbria including Heather Shepherd, who runs a Flood Forum in the county.

    Quote Message: When people are in a crisis like this the focus needs to be on them and their immediate needs... and they feel very much like the needs are them filling out questionnaires which isn't an appropriate time for them to be doing that when people have got nowhere to even put a sheet of paper down that is dry to be able to start ticking boxes."
  6. Police appeal for missing Kendal man

    Cumbria Police are continuing to appeal for information about the whereabouts of Kendal man Michael Leavy in connection with a number of alleged harassment offences that have taken place in the town.

    It is believed he is in the Kendal area.Anyone with information should call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

    Michael Leavy
  7. PMQs: Corbyn clashes with Cameron over flood defences

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has clashed with the Prime Minister over funding for flood defence schemes.

    Mr Corbyn attacked Mr Cameron's government for cancelling a scheme in Leeds and turning down applications to improve protection in York and Cumbria.

    But Mr Cameron said flood relief had improved and spending on protection had increased to £2bn.

    Jeremy Corbyn
  8. A Kendal bridge will partially close tonight

    One of Kendal's bridges will be partially closed later tonight as a precaution following potential flood damage.

    Cumbria County Council says one side of Victoria Bridge will be shut as further investigations take place.

    A number of the town's bridges were closed in the wake of last month's floods.

  9. Living upstairs as flooded house is repaired is 'tough'

    Adam Powell

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    Vincent White has lived in Carlisle for 25 years. His home was flooded in 2005 and again in 2015.

    He has chosen to live upstairs while his home is repaired.

    Quote Message: It's tough...however it makes my house safe, there's been looting in the area..."
    Vincent White in his flooded home

    He is trying to look positively towards the future and making his home "better than it was before".

  10. Partial road closure of Warwick Road tonight

    Carlisle City council says that there will be a partial road closure on Warwick Road tonight from Midnight to 6am tomorrow.

    The closures will run on the following stretches of Warwick Road:

    • From Midnight Wednesday (6 January) to 1.30am Thursday (7 January) - Eastern Way to Greystone Road
    • Thursday (7 January) from 1.30am to 3.30am - Greystone Road to Brunton Avenue
    • Thursday (7 January) from 3.30am to 6am - Brunton Avenue to Lismore Place.  

    The clear up will be undertaken by Carlisle City Council staff as part of ongoing flood recovery work.

    Access will be maintained for residents who live within the road closure areas.

    Clear up operations will also be undertaken from 9pm on Wednesday evening in streets adjoining Warwick Road.

  11. MPs told that Storm Desmond broke all records for the county

    MPs have heard that this winter's storms have been "much worse" than anything previously experienced in Cumbria. 

    The Commons Environment Committee is starting an investigation into the recent flooding and will later be hearing from the chair of the Environment Agency who's been criticised for being out of the country during the floods. 

    Giving his evidence to MPs the Labour councillor Keith Little, who's in charge of roads for Cumbria County Council, said Storm Desmond broke all records for the county.

    flooded road
  12. MPs hear evidence from Cumbrians about the floods

    MPs are hearing a range of views about why many parts of Cumbria ended up under flood water last month. 

    The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is hearing evidence from Cumbria County Council, the Environment Agency and flood victims. 

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  13. Newman school may have to move permanently because of flood damage

    Lee Macaulay

    Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

    A Carlisle school which suffered extensive flood damage may have to move to a different site altogether.

    Cumbria County Council says no decision has been made yet but discussions are ongoing with the Diocese of Lancaster and the Department for Education about the future of Newman Catholic School on Victoria Place.

    Newman School

    Today, pupils moved to a temporary site at the former Pennine Way Primary School.

    Twelve temporary classrooms have been put on the primary school’s playground and groundwork has started to place a number of specialist classrooms, like science labs, to accommodate all 600-plus students.

    Temporary cabins for Newman school
  14. Landslide disrupts Newcastle-Carlisle rail services

    A 70-tonne landslide has brought further disruption to rail services in the North East and Cumbria.

    Rubble on the line near Hexham has affected trains between Newcastle and Carlisle.

    Services are running between Carlisle and Hexham and Newcastle and Prudhoe with replacement buses running around the area affected by the landslide.

  15. On Look North at lunchtime: Pupils of flood-hit school return to lessons

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    More than 600 children whose school was destroyed by floods during Storm Desmond have returned to lessons in temporary classrooms on the site of a former primary school.

    Pupils from Newman secondary school were taken by bus to their new home on the south side of Carlisle, while discussions about the long term future of their old building continues. 

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

  16. Super league players help with flood clear-up

    Paul Newton

    Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

    First team players from Hull KR are helping with the flood clear-up in Carlisle today.

    Players from the Super League side will be in the Rickergate area of the city as part of a pre-season team building exercise to help contribute to a local community.