Police officer swept away as major floods hit Cumbria
Helicopter footage of Cumbria shows the extent of the floods which have hit the area
A police officer has been swept away after a bridge collapsed as major floods struck across Cumbria.
A major search is being carried out for Pc Bill Barker, 45, who fell into the River Derwent when the A597 bridge was destroyed by floods in Workington.
Cumbria Police said father-of-four Pc Barker had been directing motorists off the bridge when it collapsed.
Meanwhile, about 200 people have been rescued by emergency services in the flooded town of Cockermouth.
Pc Barker has been an officer with the Cumbria force for 25 years.
Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: "I'm devastated by the events of the last few days and particularly the news this morning that one of our officers is unaccounted for following the collapse of a bridge at Northside in Workington.
"Pc Bill Barker was directing motorists off the bridge, saving lives, when the tragic incident occurred.
"A full and thorough search is underway and we are not losing hope of finding him."
Pc Bill Barker was swept off a bridge in Workington
More than 200 Cockermouth residents spent the night in emergency reception centres.
The centres have been opened at Cockermouth School, Keswick Convention Centre, Southey Street Methodist Hall and Skiddaw Hotel.
Cumbria Police have opened a casualty bureau, for members of the public to telephone should they have any concerns regarding relatives, friends and family involved in the flooding incident.
David Falcon, of the Environment Agency, said: "It is an improving situation across the county as most of our river levels are falling, albeit slowly.
"The outlook for today is pretty good as it is just showers, our only concern at present is the rainfall that is forecast for tomorrow.
"About 40mm is predicted, which is nothing like the levels experienced over the past 48 hours, but of course it is falling on saturated ground."
Four severe flood warnings remain in place on rivers in Cockermouth, Keswick and Eamont Bridge.
There are reports of 370mm (14.5in) of rain falling in 24 hours at Seathwaite in the Lake District.
Environment Minister Hilary Benn, who visited Cockermouth on Friday morning, said it may have "the wettest day ever recorded" in the county and that many defences built after the floods of 2005 had not been able to withstand the downpour.
He said: "What we dealt with last night was probably more like one-in-a-1,000 flood, so even the very best defences, if you have such quantities of rain in such a short space of time, can be over-topped."
Several major roads are closed and more than 70 schools have been shut, Cumbria County Council said.
Scores of police officers and mountain rescue volunteers helped evacuate others in the town, where the River Derwent burst its banks.
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