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North Cumbria bears brunt of bad weather problems

A flood warning issued by the Environment Agency for the river Eden in Carlisle is still in place this morning.

Carlisle flood graphic
This Environment Agency graph shows the level of the river Caldew at Cummersdale, Carlisle, early on Tuesday, Sept 25. At 6.45am it stood at 2.13 metres, which is within the 'typical' range. The highest ever level recorded here was 3.15m on Jan 8, 2005, says the agency.

The affected area covers Rickerby Park and Swifts and Stoneyholme golf courses.

It comes after warnings were issued for Appleby - at 9.30am today - and then later, for the river Eden at Bolton. The Bolton warning has since been rescinded.

This evening, the A595 road in Bothel is closed between the A591 junction and the B5299 junction because of flooding.

A Northern Rail passenger train was left stranded on the Carlisle to Barrow line this morning. The 8.44am service was stopped at Silecroft due to flooding. The line has since reopened.

The Carlisle to Settle rail line which had been closed due to flooding has reopened.

A month's rain fell in Cumbria in 24 hours bringing flooding, accidents and disruption to transport and power supplies.

The Carlisle and Penrith area bore the brunt of the chaos.

Firefighters were called to Oaklands Drive in Upperby, Carlisle, at 7.30pm yesterday following reports that four homes were at risk of flooding.

A fire service spokeswoman said: “We managed to stop water getting into three of the properties but one had a couple of inches inside. There was a blocked drain and the water came crashing through the patio doors.”

Firefighters were also in Viaduct Estate, Carlisle, between 3am and 5am, to stop surface water flooding businesses.

Roads and railways were badly affected.

A car veered off the northbound M6 just north of junction 41, near Penrith, at 9.20pm. Police - who dealt with 30 separate incidents of highway flooding overnight - believe that standing water caused it to aquaplane.

Inspector Chris Wright said: “We considered closing the motorway between junctions 41 and 42 but the A6 diversionary route was blocked at Plumpton.

“The north of the county seems to have been worse than anywhere else with the potential for standing water anywhere but the biggest problem was on the motorway.”

At one point the northbound M6 was restricted to a single lane with speed restrictions in force. One lane remained closed this morning.

A woman motorist from Carlisle was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with suspected neck injuries after her Ford Ka came off the A6 at Plumpton at 9.40pm.

In Carlisle, there was flooding in Dalston Road near the Pirelli factory and the junction with Peter Lane, and in Morton Park where Westrigg Road, Langrigg Road and Newlaithes Avenue were hit.

Villages around the city were badly affected by standing water including Dalston, Durdar and Thurstonfield. There was flooding at Ireby, at Caldbeck Common, on the A595 at Thursby and the A686 at Edenhall near Penrith.

The A591 was passable “only with care” between Keswick and Bothel as was the B5305 between Sebergham and the M6.

This morning the A591 was reported to be closed at Castle Inn, Bassenthwaite.

A 70ft fallen tree brought down power lines and briefly blocked the A6 at Clifton at 12.30pm. Around 30 homes were without electricity as a result. Police urged motorists to take extra care, reduce their speed and be particularly aware of motorcycles.

They also issued a warning for high winds on the A66 at Stainmore.

The West Coast Mainline was closed north of Penrith in the early evening because of flooding. Although it reopened, trains were delayed with some more than an hour late. Rail services had returned to normal this morning.

The Met Office says that up to 64mm of rain fell even in lowland areas of Cumbria in the 24 hours to 6am.

The total for the whole of September is normally 60 to 80mm.

Forecaster George Goodfellow said: “There are signs that the rain will ease off in the middle of the day but it will pick up again during the afternoon and evening.

“The wider picture is that the rain is going to carry on, combined with strong winds.”

The Environment Agency closed flood gates on the River Caldew last night.

It had two flood warnings - since revoked - and 11 less serious flood alerts in force in Cumbria today.

The areas most at risk were the Eden and Caldew at Carlisle, particularly the area around Devonshire Walk, Bitts and the Sheepmount and the Caldew at Cummersdale.

The flood alerts covered most of Cumbria’s rivers including the Wampool, Petteril, Irthing, Esk, Lowther, Eamont, and Eden. The ‘alert’ for the Eden at Appleby was upgraded to a ‘warning’.

Shankhill Primary School, Hethersgill, has no water today and will be closed for the day.

David Taylor, former manager of Cumbria Indoor Bowls Centre, on Carlisle’s Viaduct estate, was there with sons Trevor, the new manager, and Gavin, until 5am today after they were alerted by members to large pools of water forming in the car park at 8pm.

“When the River Caldew is high and there is a lot of surface water the water comes back up through the drains,” he said.

“The water comes down from the city centre to us, because we are lower. It’s like a huge lake.

“The car park was completely covered in water.”

He said firefighters came out and pumped much of the water away and “saved us from disaster”. The club will be closed today and probably tomorrow while they assess the damage. Mr Taylor said he was hopeful the water had been kept away from the six rink but the four rink had suffered some water damage around the edges. He said they hoped the floor itself had not been too badly affected.

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i don't live near any rivers but still got flooded out a few years ago due to blocked road drains now that is the councils fault, most of them are blocked and never got cleaned out!!

Posted by albert on 26 September 2012 at 12:57

Ta ian, but as bob has said further down, the graphic is still wrong :-) - as the EA hasn't incorporated the fact the caldew went higher than 3.15m this summer at cummersdale when steads flooded. If you look at the EA's river level data the Petteril actually went higher this week at Newbiggin than it ever has before too (if you can trust the EA data). http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120711.aspx?stationId=5100

Posted by P. Dent on 26 September 2012 at 11:13

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