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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Cumbria told to brace for more flooding

Cumbria is being warned to prepare itself for more flooding as forecasters predict torrential rain storms are set to lash the county.

Stranded car photo
This car was left stranded between Farlam and Talkin

For the third time in two weeks, the Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rain.

It is feared that up to four inches could fall on Saturday and a yellow weather warning has been put in place.

The torrential rain last Thursday left trains stuck behind landslides and homes and schools flooded in Eden, while the ramifications of the previous week’s floods are still evident with washed away footbridges and diverted rivers.

The bad weather began yesterday, as residents battled warm, humid temperatures interspersed with short bursts of heavy rainfall.

The driver of the car in our photo was forced to abandon it at about 8.30pm when it got stranded between Farlam and Talkin. For the full story and more dramatic photos, see today's News & Star.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Although many places will miss the downpours, where they do occur there is the possibility of 25mm of rain falling in an hour leading to localised surface water flooding.”

The warning runs through until Saturday morning, with fears up to 4ins of rain could fall in some areas.

There are currently no flood alerts or warnings in the region but the Environment Agency is monitoring the situation.

A spokeswoman said: “Friday and Saturday are the days we think we are going to get the worst showers.

“We are out monitoring the situation and unblocking culverts to allow them to flow freely.”

She warned that intense bursts of rain often do not cause rivers to burst their banks but instead bring too much rain for drainage systems to cope with, causing surface flooding.

Concerned residents and businesses should check www.environment-agency.gov.uk or alternatively call the agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

If you've any photos to share, email them to ian.brogden@cngroup.co.uk and we'll create a slideshow on here for all to see.

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No it wasn't pompous Norrie. It was seriously critical of an attitude which condemns all others as "idiots". I have seen questionable driving and decisions, and even accidents - but to simply sit in judgement and pour scorn on others is so shallow. Frankly there would be less accidents and incidents on the road if people were more considerate. There are impatient drivers, and those who take chances but hey - anybody can make a mistake. So don't call me pompous - this is a site for comment - not name calling. We're not in a playground. You have your opinion and I have mine - neither is likely to change!

Posted by Joan on 8 July 2012 at 20:04

National news says you should 'never walk or drive through dirty water'. I was informed by a engineer many decades ago the effects of driving through deep water puddles has on my vehicle and mechanics at a later date. I never drive through large surface puds if avoidable with safety in regard oncoming traffic. West Yorkshire's Hebden Water recently flooded and it was clearly seen what the vehicles bow wave of water was doing to nearby properties by flooding them. Similar heavy downpours show how inconsiderateness of some, of today's motorists are. Having being a pedestrian this week on heavy downpours whilst on Carlisle's Castleway nearside pavement without their any consideration to 'other road users'.

In regard present Monsoon season. I'll agree with wordage of Bob Dylan's song writing in one of his many american songs. Who know's when summer finally arrives' ? Perhaps clarification as my manager on summer holiday this past week was hopeful I believe of 'hot' sunshine and dry days, which is not confined to summer. We had some earlier in year. Loveliest weather yet forecast to come in 2013! Whilst people that enjoys Cumbria for walking weather can be at the best in our tinted autumn. Many weeks yet however for drying out of which I know from the 1968? Warwick Road floods. Thankfully no more boatrides down this road. Despite having not worn mine yet is their a boom in jazzy wellington boot sales? I've presently avoided waterlogged parks and countryside with venturing our walking dogs around the many really lovely villages with sidewalks around Carlisle. Some with traditional drying out warm welcome pubs for locals and tourists, etc. Unfortunately longterm closed to cheer folks up from this awful weather deluge.

Posted by Roy on 7 July 2012 at 09:32

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