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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbria council pledges urgent repairs after rain washes away riverbank

Council bosses have vowed to carry out essential repairs to a roadside bank – after a chunk of it tumbled into the river.

Roe Beck flood photo
Flooding at Roe Beck in Stockdalewath last year

Three-way traffic lights have already been installed in the village of Stockdalewath, near Dalston, after sections of tarmac were washed away in heavy rain.

A section of the river bank, beside the bridge, had already been protected by plastic barriers after it was damaged a year ago.

In May last year torrential rain caused the river to peak at 2.72m – the typical range is 0.18m to 1.2m. About a dozen homes were flooded, with a number of families left homeless.

Concerns were raised over the safety of the bank and bridge last year, but horrified locals were left with no option but to contact the county council as a priority last week, after heavy rain resulted in the bank adjoining the road simply falling away.

Temporary traffic lights were installed and the council insists work is scheduled to begin next week. A spokesman for Cumbria County Council told the News & Star: “We are aware there has been some further slippage to the banking near the bridge, following heavy rainfall at the weekend.

“We will be putting traffic controls in place and are planning to carry out remedial work to the banking starting in the week beginning Tuesday May 27. This will involve installing gabion baskets and stabilising the banking to prevent any further slippage.

“Traffic controls will remain in place until completion of the work, which is scheduled to take two weeks.”

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