Parts of the north west of England devastated by floods are bracing themselves for yet more rain.
Forecasters predict Cumbria, the county hardest hit by the record rainfall, will suffer a further 15 to 40 millimetres of rain later today. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the town of Cockermouth, which bore the brunt of the flooding, at one point water levels hit 2.5 metres in the town centre. Brown met with police and emergency services and offered his condolences following the death of Pc Bill Barker who was swept away after a bridge collapsed in nearby Workington. Its estimated that as many as 1,100 homes across Cumbria have been affected by the waters, with several hundred people displaced. Schools are serving as makeshift community centres as the population prepares for what will prove to be a mammoth clean-up operation.