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  1. Weather warnings in place as storm hits
  2. Schools and travel affected by weather
  3. Glenridding Hotel flooded again
  4. New Beatrix Potter book to be published
  5. Updates on Tuesday 26 January 2016

Live Reporting

By Martin Lewes

All times stated are UK

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  1. That was a busy and wet Tuesday 26 January on BBC Cumbria Live

    We'll be back keeping you in touch with developments on the news, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

    If you've news or a picture you'd like to share with us, you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.      

  2. Homes plan near historic abbey goes before public inquiry

    A planning inquiry has opened into a scheme to build almost 40 homes near Furness Abbey in Barrow.

    Furness Abbey

    The Cumbrian builder Story Homes wants to build the houses just off Rating Lane. But its application - submitted in 2013 - was turned down by the council, which said the houses would be too near the scheduled ancient monument. 

    Story has scaled back its proposal - from 50 homes to 38 - and says it is a "sensitive design" that "would not negatively impact on the nearby heritage assets".

    But Paul Littlewood, who led the campaign against the plans, said the rural nature of the abbey's setting could be spoiled.

  3. Picture: Trains delayed by flooding near Shap

    Flooded railway

    Northbound rail services on the West Coast Main Line are being delayed by about 25 minutes because of flooding near Shap.  There's also been damage on the Cumbria Coast line between Whitehaven and Workington, with trains there being replaced by buses.

    The latest rail travel news is here.

  4. Travel: A66 shut as lorries blown over

    BBC Travel

    The A66 over Stainmore has been closed while police clear at least three overturned lorries.

    In Kendal, Sedbergh Road is seeing delays because of a collapsed culvert and flooding.

    There's surface water on many roads across Cumbria this evening.

    On the trains, services are delayed on the West Coast Main Line because of flooding between Penrith and Oxenholme,  there's tidal storm damage to the tracks between Workington and Whitehaven, so buses are replacing service there. 

  5. Environment Agency acting chairman in county

    Emma Howard Boyd, the acting chairman of the Environment Agency, is visiting the county after today's flooding.

    Cars in flooding

    Her predecessor, Sir Philip Dilley, resigned after criticism for remaining on holiday in the West Indies during the flooding last month.  

  6. Woman charged with taking £45,000 from pensioner

    A woman stole almost £45,000 from a disabled pensioner in his 70s, while looking after him at her home, Carlisle Crown Court has been told.

    Rebecca Collier, 44, has pleaded not guilty to six charges of theft from Rodney Bower between January 2010, and March 2015.

    Opening the case, Nicholas Clarke, prosecuting, told jurors that Ms Collier had asked Mr Bower to stay with her after he was discharged from hospital and then used his cash card to steal £44,312.44 in hundreds of separate transactions.  

    She claims to have withdrawn the money as a favour to Mr Bower and given it to him.  The trial continues.

  7. Detectives make arrest in Maryport robbery probe

    Police say they're questioning a man in connection with an armed robbery at Maryport post office.

    Detectives are still appealing for witnesses to the incident at just before 11:30 yesterday.

  8. Poor Glenridding gets hit again

    BBC reporter Megan Paterson will be reporting on the fourth flooding of the Lake District village this winter on BBC Look North at 18:30 this evening

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  9. Copeland MP 'passed around ministries' on European flood money

    The Government has been rebuked for delays in responding to appeals for European Union money to help Cumbria clear-up after the floods

    Jamie Reed MP

    The Labour MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed, told the Commons he'd made applications to a number of Whitehall departments, but each have told him it was not their responsibility. 

    "We are coming closer and closer to the deadline for applications for European funding.  If I was being unkind I would suggest that the government appears to have been delaying my queries until it was too late to apply for assistance," he said.

    The speaker John Bercow told him: "It is clearly important to Parliamentary scrutiny and public accountability that government is clear and consistent on where responsibility lies."

  10. Ambleside's iconic Bridge House keeps just above the water

    The beck that passes beneath one of Ambleside's best-known buildings was barely within its banks today. Sue G sent this picture in:

    Bridge House

    And if you want to see moving pictures, Stuart Cunningham of Cunningham's Outdoors is happy to oblige.

    If you took a striking picture of the flooding today, do send them in; you can contact us via Twitter @BBC_Cumbria, by emailing us at or via our Facebook page.    

  11. Respite from rain but more due on Friday

    The rain has stopped for the time being in Cumbria but attention is now turning towards Friday, when another yellow warning for heavy rain has already been posted. 

    This morning Alan Goodman, from the Met Office, told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We've another yellow alert for Friday, and then a bit of a lull, but even later on Sunday we can see the next Atlantic weather system, so its the cumulative effects of these successive systems that could threaten us in the medium term."

  12. Clearing up starts again as the rain passes - for now

    Met Office weather radar now shows the rain has passed Cumbria, leaving nearly two inches of rain in parts of the county.

    Glenridding Hotel

    The Glenridding Hotel, where the wreckage from the last flood is still gathered, saw the lower floor inundated again.

    Eleven schools sent children home because roads in the area were flooding, electricity failed, or in one case high winds damaged a building.  Motorists struggled with deep water on some roads.

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  13. Five flood warnings in place for Cumbria

    The Environment Agency currently has nine flood warnings in place -  meaning flooding is expected - and five of them are in Cumbria.

    The Cumbria warnings are for the River Greta at Keswick, Fitz Park and Riverside Flats Areas; Keswick Campsite; the Cumbrian coastline from Gretna to Silloth including Port Carlisle, Skinburness and Rockcliffe; the River Kent at Burneside, Steeles Row and Carling Steps and the River Greta at Keswick, Keswick Campsite, Rugby Club and Quinta

  14. Rainfall totals for Cumbria

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Here are the rainfall totals for the last 12 hours:

    rainfall graphic
  15. Video: River levels rise in Glenridding

    The water level has been rising in Glenridding over the last few hours - here's footage shot on BBC Look North reporter Alison Freeman's phone this morning.

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    Video caption: River levels rising dangerously at Glenridding