Flood-hit Greta Bridge in Keswick has reopened this afternoon following an inspection.

The bridge, on one of the main routes into town, was shut as a precaution during flooding yesterday after a crack was spotted.

Cumbria County Council kept it shut until water levels dropped and it could be inspected.

A spokesman confirmed it reopened this afternoon.

Yesterday's closure came as water lapped at the tops of the bridge arches and at the base of the glass panels on High Hill's flood defence wall.

County council staff were positioned at either end of the bridge to stop people using it.

Elsewhere in the town, Keswick Rugby Club's clubhouse and grounds were flooded for the second time in three weeks, as were parts of Fitz Park.

Roads around Derwentwater were also hit by flash flooding.

Members of the town's flood recovery group were mobilised at about 8.50am ready to call in volunteers to help people evacuate homes and businesses, if needed. They were stood down at about 1pm as river levels receded.

Cafe West at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery closed early so that staff could get home, but the museum itself remained open.

Greta Bridge was previously closed after Storm Desmond but reopened on December 18 after no structural damage was found during an inspection.

Flood recovery group members said they would be on standby over Christmas as a fresh band of rain was due to hit the North West.

A yellow warning for rain is in place for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.