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The weekend has seen Storm Desmond cause chaos across the north of England and with our regional RadioWorks office based in Carlisle, our thoughts go out to all those affected.
Local radio stations across Cumbria have been providing extra local and live content as the Storm continues to cause flooding and damage to the area.
CFM, Lakeland Radio, The Bay and BBC Radio Cumbria have been connecting with their communities, even with The Bay, which overlooks the River Lune on St Georges Quay in Lancaster, being forced off-air for an evening due to a power cut and rising water levels.
Danny Matthews, The Bay’s breakfast presenter appeared on Sky News updating viewers on the local situation and posted this video to Facebook.
Over the weekend, CFM replaced network programmes with local activity, playing news bulletins with local information. Andy Gregory interrupted the non-stop music and appeared just before 1pm with a local travel bulletin, ahead of his regular 2pm – 6pm Saturday show. CFM’s drivetime presenter Pete Moss also continued local coverage into the evening.
The weather conditions also forced community radio station Zetland FM off the air. The station, which covers Redcar & Cleveland from a building on the seafront, was evacuated on Saturday, but staff have successfully got the transmitter back this morning.