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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Clean-up underway after severe weather hits Cumbria

Buses are to be escorted safely through a Cumbrian road wrecked in severe weather.

Cumbria County Council's highways teams will be seeing school transport through Dubmill Point in safe convoy on Monday morning.

Heavy rain, howling winds, and tidal surges hit the county throughout Saturday and overnight into Sunday.

Many roads were closed due to flooding, train services were disrupted, and around 150 tonnes of debris were dumped onto one road in west Cumbria.

Highways maintenance teams have been able to reopen some roads but investigations are now underway to assess the extent of the major damage.

But the Environment Agency still has many flood warnings in place in coastal areas of Cumbria ahead of Sunday's high tide at 1pm.

Warnings are in force for Silloth to St Bees Head including Silloth to Maryport Road (Dubmail Point), Maryport, Flimby, Workington (Town Quay), Whitehaven North Beach, Whitehaven Harbour Sealock Failure, and Parton.

The Gretna to Silloth areas at risk include properties at Mossband Hall Marsh, silloth, Burgh Marsh, Port Carlisle, Wampool Estuary, Skinburness Marsh, Skinburness and Rockcliffe.

And North Morecambe Bay including Roosebeck, Canal Foot, East Plain Farm, Arnside and Sandside are also on alert.

Several roads remain closed on Sunday including: 

  • A5087 Rampside Road both ways closed due to debris on road and flooding between Roa Island Road (Rampside) and Riddings Lane (Newbiggin).
  • Sandside Road both ways closed due to debris on road and flooding between Black Dyke Road and A6 Church Street / B6384 Main Street.
  • Main Street closed due to flooding at Dubmill Point.
  • Corney Fell Road closed due to ice and snow between Corney and Duddon Bridge.
  • Hardknott Pass closed due to ice and snow between Eskdale and Little Langdale.
  • Wrynose Pass closed due to ice and snow between Little Langdale and Cockley Beck.

However Workington Viaduct is open again.

Eskmeals has been cleared after huge waves deposited around 150 tonnes of debris onto it.

Dubmill Point to Silloth has suffered substantial damage and a full structural inspection is needed.

Cumbria County Council says the road will remain closed until at least Monday.

Drivers are being told they must obey Road Closed signs, and police are understood to have been issuing on-the-spot fines to drivers attempting to drive through and ignore them.

The A5087 between Ulverston and Barrow is passable with care. 

Allerdale council said thankfully the rain has stopped on Sunday morning but warned that a flood warning for the coast at high tide is in place at around 1pm and advised people to take care.

Whitehaven coastguards were forced to speak to people who had crossed safety fences to take photos during Saturday's high tide.

There were also vehicles parked in range of debris being washed over them at Parton, and two other people jumped barriers to get onto the west pier - they were talked down moments before a huge wave hit.

A coastguard spokesman said: "Please take care and consider the consequences of not following signage. We are always here to help but prevention is better than cure!"

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