An RAF Sea King was used to rescue residents in Cockermouth
The body found after a bridge collapsed when major floods struck across Cumbria has been confirmed as a policeman who was swept away while directing traffic.
Pc Bill Barker, 44, 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 helping motorists off the bridge when it collapsed.
He had been an officer with the force for 25 years and would have celebrated his 45th birthday on Saturday.
Cumbria Police chief constable Craig Mackey said: "It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that the body found on a beach at Allonby this afternoon is that of our friend and colleague Pc Bill Barker."
Pc Bill Barker was swept off a bridge in Workington
He said: "The first thing obviously is to make sure that people are looked after immediately.
"Secondly the regional development agency, with government funding, has announced a contribution of £1m to support businesses that have been affected.
"My cabinet colleague John Denham activated the emergency funding rules to help local authorities with the cost of the clean-up this morning. So we have done that straight away."
RAF squadron leader Dave Webster said the air search and rescue operation aiding people in towns including Keswick and Cockermouth was beginning to wind down, although a helicopter would remain on standby.
Cumbria Police has 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.
Firefighters and RNLI personnel rescued people from their homes
But the Environment Agency said the situation across the county was beginning to improve with most river levels slowly falling.
Spokesman David Falcon said: "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.
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