The people of Cumbria in northwestern England have begun returning to their homes and businesses after a weekend of storms and floods. The owners of around 900 properties in Cockermouth are being allowed back, although the town remains badly affected. 25 roads and 16 bridges in Cumbria are still closed, leaving many people cut off. The county took the brunt of the weekend storms; a policeman was swept away and died when a bridge collapsed. Ireland was also badly hit.