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  1. River Ouse stabilises in York as PM visits flood-hit areas
  2. People advised not to travel by rail in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire
  3. Thousands of homes evacuated across the north of England
  4. Floods cause major landline phone problems
  5. Updates on Monday 28 December

Live reporting

By Alex Moss, Chris Long and Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Our live flood coverage across the day

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

That's all for now from our live coverage of the flooding aftermath across the north of England on Monday 28 December.

If there are any major flood developments through the night, we'll bring you the very latest news right here.

Otherwise, join us again from 07:00 on Tuesday as we being you up-to-date news, views, travel and weather updates from those areas worst-hit by the flooding across the North.

The view from above: GB astronaut Tim Peake's concern over flooding

British astronaut Tim Peake has expressed his concern from the International Space Station for those affected by floods in his home country.

The former Army pilot took this picture of the UK as he passed overhead, posting it on his Twitter account.  

In his tweet, Tim says: "Passed over UK today - thoughts are with all those affected by flooding in northern England."

View of UK from ISS

In pictures: A few minutes of rest amid the flood clean-up

As the clean-up operation across the north of England continues tonight following the floods which have hit areas in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, West and North Yorkshire, here's a picture which sums up the effort going into getting things back to normal.

It shows soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, grabbing a brief rest from helping with flood relief in York today. Take a look at more pictures from the day here

Soldiers sleeping
Ministry of Defence

York is functioning after the flooding - but only just

Katherine Downes

Reporter, BBC News

Over the course of the day, river levels here in York have fallen. Clear tide marks can now be seen around the city.

Katherine Downes

But by no means is the emergency operation over, with crews still working here this evening and long into the night.

York's functioning, but only just. Floodwater's been causing disruption to business, with cash machines not working, card payments can't be processed and real chaos caused to the communications network in the city.

Flood-hit sport in north of England to benefit from £400k fund

An emergency fund made available by Sport England last month to help restore flooded pitches, clubhouses and other facilities in the wake of Storm Desmond has been doubled to £400,000 to reflect the latest flooding across the north of England.

The National Lottery cash will now be available for clubs, charities and councils in all areas affected by Storm Eva.

Jennie Price, Sport England chief executive, says: “When major incidents like this happen, the priority must be making sure people are safe, and vital public services are back up and running.

"But we know from the floods in 2014 that people want to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible, and this includes the sports facilities they use every week."

Your pictures: Flooding at Castleford and Allerton Bywater

Thanks to Kiel Murphy for sending in these pictures of flooding near Castleford and Allerton Bywater in West Yorkshire earlier today.

Kiel says it's "quite shocking" to see scenes like this, with parts of the area "under a good 4ft of water" from the River Aire.

Allerton Bywater flooding
Kiel Murphy
Castleford flooding
Kiel Murphy

December timeline: Flooding in the north of England

With the flooding clean-up well under way across northern England, but with yellow "be aware" warnings for rain on Wednesday already in place, here's a look back at events so far:

5 December: Storm Desmond brings more than a month's rain to parts of Cumbria, leading to flooding in Carlisle and other areas

12 December: River levels remain high and more than 70 flood warnings are issued amid more heavy rain

22 December: Communities in Cumbria flood again - some for the third time in less than a month

25 December: More than 100 flood alerts and warnings are issued across England and Wales as torrential rain hits

26 December: Residents in West Yorkshire and Lancashire are evacuated from their homes and flooding hits Leeds, Greater Manchester and York

27 December: Police in York advise hundreds of people to evacuate their homes as severe flood warnings remain in place in northern England

Selby couple ignore flood fears to tie the knot

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

There's been some good news for one worried bride in North Yorkshire who feared her wedding day was in jeopardy of being a wash-out due to the floods.

Lucy and Peter Nickson

Lucy and Peter Nickson were due to get married today at Selby Abbey, just 100m from the River Ouse which it was feared would flood. 

But it didn't - and the couple have managed to tie the knot, with guests managing to find their way to the church despite a number of roads being closed nearby.

December rainfall breaks Met Office records

It may not come as a surprise to people in areas affected by flooding in the north of England over the past few days, but this December's turned out to be a record-breaker.

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Six 'severe' flood warnings still in place across the North

Six severe flood warnings, meaning there is a potential danger to life, remain in force across Yorkshire and north-east England, the Environment Agency says.

A total of 46 flood warnings, meaning immediate action is required, and 25 "be prepared" flood alerts are also still in place, according to the agency.

York flooding 'like stepping back 100 years'

The effect of flooding on York city centre is "abysmal" and is "like stepping back 100 years", a local resident has told Prime Minister David Cameron as he toured the flood-hit city earlier.

Flooded street in York
AFP/Getty Images

Chris Wardle, whose first-floor flat on Skeldergate is currently surrounded by water, said he thanked Mr Cameron for his efforts with relief and told him everyone was doing a "sterling job".

However, when the PM asked Mr Wardle when flooding last happened he told him it was only back in 2012.

"Someone, from Prime Minister to the council, really needs to sort out flood defences in the city centre," he added.

In pictures: Flood water surrounds Eggborough power station

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

This was the scene a short time ago at Eggborough Power Station in North Yorkshire.

This aerial shot shows the River Aire has swamped miles of fields in the area.

Flooding surrounding Eggborough power station

RSPCA rescue animals from York floods

Officers from the RSPCA have also been in York to help animals caught in the floods.

The five-strong crew waded through waist-high water with an inflatable boat to save a black cat called Pawsy from a home in Walmgate and a further two cats called Fluffy and Squeakers from a house in Huntington Road.

RSPCA Officers in water

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood said: “Both of the families had been evacuated from their homes because of rising water and had reluctantly left their cats in the houses with food and drinking water.

“In a strange twist of fate Pawsy was actually adopted from the RSPCA so he’s been rescued by us twice now."

Watch: Leeds arts centre flooding: 'The community responded so quickly'

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

The Open Source Arts Centre only opened in Kirkstall Road, Leeds, on 21 December. A few days later it was under a foot of water.

Not only are staff there now cleaning up their building, but they're co-ordinating volunteers, allocating them local businesses to go and help in the aftermath of the Leeds flood.

About 700 people signed up in 24 hours to help out, and Phil Marken from the project has explained to me how they're getting on.

PM's £280m flood defence pledge 'inadequate' - Green Party leader

The Prime Minister's pledge of £280m for flood defences in Yorkshire is "wholly inadequate", the leader of the Green Party has said.

Natalie Bennett

David Cameron made the promise while visiting York to see recovery efforts following severe flooding across the north of England over the past few days.

But Natalie Bennett says: "We urgently need to not just consider flood defences, but land use across catchments, plus the protection of urban areas through sustainable drainage and similar management schemes, while ending the construction of new housing estates in vulnerable areas."

Your pictures: Aire Valley flooding caught on camera

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Neville Allan for sending us this photo of flooding in the Aire Valley, looking over Cononley towards Keighley, which really shows how badly the area's been hit.

Aire Valley flooding
Neville Allan

Reconnection of power-cut homes continues in Greater Manchester and Lancashire

Chris Long

Reporter, BBC News Online

Electricity North West says about 850 properties remain without power in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

The company said about 300 customers had been reconnected today and all but the Market Rochdale and Pioneers substations had had power restored.

A spokesman said the company was now carrying out safety checks on the remaining properties in Radcliffe and Croston to allow them to be reconnected.

Troops asked to help in Bradford flood clean-up

With the clean-up well under way in the Bradford district, Bradford Council says it's asked for the Army to step in to help.

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Roads remain closed in Cumbria

The following roads remain closed in Cumbria due to surface water flooding according to the county's police:

• A6070 at Holme Park Quarry• C1015 Rickarby Park Road• Rickerby Park from Brampton Road, Carlisle, to Linstock• Newby East to Little Corby road

Supt Mark Pannone, of Cumbria Constabulary, said: “Whilst the county’s road network is returning to a form of normality there are still a number of closures that motorists need to be aware of. 

“I would advise those who have already been affected by the floods to ensure they keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and Environment Agency advice.”

Clean-up continues in Rochdale after flooding

A clean-up is taking place in Rochdale after flooding hit the town over the weekend.

Archbishop of York praises flood response

The Archbishop of York has praised the "tremendous spirit" of everyone who has responded to the floods across northern England.

Dr John Sentamu released a statement as the undercroft of Bishopthorpe Palace was being pumped out of water from the River Ouse.

He said: "As expected, the undercroft in my home here at Bishopthorpe Palace is flooded again.

"We are fortunate however that back in the 13th Century they built with flooding in mind, such that when the water subsides it soon washes through the original flood drains made for the purpose."

Kirkstall Road clean-up 'in full swing'

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Completely different scenes here on Kirkstall Road in Leeds today.

Kirkstall Road, Leeds

The street is lined with ruined furniture and stock from the shops hit by the floods.

People are mopping water out of their properties and stood in small groups outside, talking about the damage.

The atmosphere is one of a clean-up operation in full swing as the road recovers from the day it turned into a river.

Flooding at Kirkstall arts centre

We've been sent footage of flooding at an arts centre in Kirkstall, Leeds.

Storm Desmond appeal to help flood victims

Chris Long

Reporter, BBC News Online

The organisers of a Lancashire flood appeal set up to support people affected by Storm Desmond have said it will be extended to help those hit by this weekend's flooding.

The Lancashire Flood Appeal was launched by the Community Foundation for Lancashire on 8 December and aimed to help up to 1,000 people affected by Storm Desmond.

Organisers said it "now extends to help those victims of flooding in Lancashire over Christmas, especially in the Chorley area".

York 'looking like Venice'

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Walmgate in York resembles Venice in places.

Walmgate in York

Travel: A19 closed due to flooding

BBC Travel

The A19 is closed between the A63 junction in Burn and the A645 Weeland Road junction in Eggborough because of flooding.

PM pledges £280m for Yorkshire flood defences

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged £280m for Yorkshire flood defences.

Hospital has 'reduced phone service'

South Tyneside District Hospital is warning patients to be patient when ringing.      

Michelle Arrowsmith, chief operating officer at South Tyneside NHS foundation trust said: "We currently have some problems with phone lines due to the recent flooding, and we have a reduced number of lines into the hospital via our switchboard. 

"Please bear with us when trying to contact us, we will be able to answer your call but it may take some time."

The public can still ring the hospital switchboard on 0191 4041000 or 0191 4283992. 

More pictures of the flooding aftermath in York

Here are some more pictures of the scenes around York today.

Flooding in York city centre
Getty Images
David Cameron in York
Getty Images
Flooding in York
Getty Images

More than 2,000 Leeds homes affected by the heavy rain

Leeds City Council says more than 2,000 homes and 400 businesses have been affected by the heavy rain. 

The authority said most of the water had now receded and teams were out tackling priority areas.

Prime minister defends flood prevention funding

David Cameron has defended funding for flood prevention during his visit to York to see recovery efforts.

David Cameron

He rejected claims there was a "North/South divide" in efforts to prevent flooding.

He said: "Here in Yorkshire we've spent almost £100m on flood defences and we're planning to spend another £280m... but of course that's no comfort for the people who've been flooded here in York and our hearts go out to them."

Relief fund set up to help victims, says Archbishop of York

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu says a special relief fund has been set up to help people affected by the flooding.

Speaking on BBC Radio York, the Archbishop praised the compassion showed by emergency services and volunteers.

He said he would be spending the rest of the week visiting affected communities and anyone who wanted to help could donate to the York Disaster Fund

Drivers warned to stay away from contaminated road

A clean-up is under way in Kirkstall Road, in Leeds, which remains closed.

Police are asking drivers to stay away as the roads are contaminated with oil and other products.

Village in danger due to river flood defence 'gap'

Chris Long

Reporter, BBC News Online

A breach in river defences near a Lancashire village could see it suffer further flooding, the Environment Agency has warned.

Croston in Lancashire

The agency said the River Douglas south of Croston had "overwhelmed" defences, causing a "gap". They added they would be "coming up rapidly with an emergency plan" to carry out repairs.

South Ribble's Conservative MP Seema Kennedy said she would be asking the government to "look again" at flood defence spending and "maybe reallocate resources in the Environment Agency and think about what we are doing, quite literally, upstream".

Christmas flooding: Your pictures

The arrival of Storm Eva meant there were more than 100 flood alerts on Christmas Day across England and Wales. By Monday, there were 500.

Flooding in Saltaire in West Yorkshire
Jamie Swales

Many people had to move out of their homes, cars lay abandoned and animals were bewildered.

Here is a selection of photos sent in by BBC website readers.