Bridges stay closed as fresh flood advice issued

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Car going through flood water
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Drivers are urged not to go through flooded roads as Cumbria braces itself for more unsettled weather.

"If you can’t see the road, don’t try to drive through it" is the the advice Cumbria County Council is issuing to motorists.

It comes after the county suffered a deluge yesterday and in advance of more heavy rain forecast tomorrow.

Four bridges - including Holmrook Bridge in west Cumbria - remain closed tonight and await full inspections following yesterday's heavy rain.

Diversions have been put in place for motorists.

Flooding can sometimes lead to water surging up through the drains, dislodging manhole covers and leaving drains uncovered.

“If someone attempts to drive or walk through flood water on the road, they risk serious injury and/or damage to their vehicle because these uncovered drains aren’t visible below the water,” said a county council spokesperson.

“We would urge people not to consider driving through floodwater.

"Instead find an alternative route or wait until the water has receded and it becomes safe to drive. Walking or driving in flood water puts your safety at unnecessary risk, and if you do get into difficulties it is also creates a risk for emergency services.”

Anyone who becomes aware of flood water on roads is asked to report it immediately to the county council.

Go online at cumbria.gov.uk/reportahighwayfault/ or by calling the Highways Hotline on 0300 303 2992.

People are also invited to send pictures to help engineers assess the scale of problems and prioritise.

There is a yellow weather warning in place on Friday for rain.

Around two inches of rain are widely expected to fall across the county just two days after flooding hit many parts in Wednesday's deluge.

Up to three inches may fall on exposed hills.

And on Monday Cumbria is bracing itself for gusts of up to 70mph when windy weather associated with ex-hurricane Ophelia arrives.

It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.

The storm caused damage estimated at £1 billion and claimed 18 lives.

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