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As Workington, Keswick and Cockermouth in Cumbria faced serious flooding after a ‘one-in-a-thousand-year’ deluge, computer hackers claimed that they had illegally obtained hundred of emails sent between leading climate scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Change Unit that allegedly show that the scientists colluded in manipulating data to show that climate change is real. As yet the veracity of the e-mails, which mostly relate to paleoclimate data which reconstsructs climate data using resources such as ice cores and tree rings, has not been proven and the Guardian reports that the scientists involved have not commented on the story on the Air Vent blog.
Meanwhile what certainly is true is that one very brave police officer, PC Bill Barker, has died in floods in Cumbria which have destroyed four bridges, flooded the town centre in Cockermouth and caused widespread chaos in West Cumbria. Over twelve inches of rain (314mm) fell in one twenty four hour period onto already waterlogged land, raising levels in Bassenthwaite lake and causing flood defences (which were improved just over ten years ago) to fail at Cockermouth where the rivers Derwent and Cocker meet with over 1,000 houses affected, many flooded and others without power. The unprecendetnted rainfall is a record for England – since records began – and was described by local MP Tony Cunningham as being of ‘biblocal proportions’. PC Barker was on foot on Northside Bridge in Workington directing traffic away from the area when the bridge collapsed. The father of four was washed away in the collapse and his body was found later that day.
For some photos of Keswick under flood, have a look at local artist Jane Ward’s lovely blog http://lakelandart.blogspot.com/[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]