Cumbrian coast battered by high-tides and strong winds
Last updated at 12:10, Saturday, 04 January 2014
Strong winds and freak tides combined to bring flooding and disruption to transport along the Cumbrian coast.
STRONG winds and freak tides combined to bring flooding and disrupt transport along the Cumbrian coast.
A high tide of just under 10m yesterdayFRI lunchtime was whipped up by 50mph south-westerly winds sending waves crashing over sea defences.
A motorist escaped unhurt after he drove his car into flood waters at Dykesfeld Farm, west of Burgh-by-Sands near Carlisle, just before 1pm.
Police say the silver Rover was submerged to the roof when they arrived.
The driver, from Carlisle, was helped to safety by a passer-by and taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
In Whitehaven, United Utilities’ call centre in North Shore had to be evacuated.
Helen Wilson, a spokeswoman for the company, said: “The police put us on standby due to the high water levels along the coast.
“When water started coming over into the car park we took the decision to evacuate the building to make sure our people got home safely.
“Around 300 staff are normally based at the call centre, which deals with domestic water bills.”
The A595 was closed at Muncaster Bridge, south of Ravenglass, until mid-afternoon after flood water submerged the tarmac. But the exposed coastline around
Silloth was worst affected.
The B5300 Maryport-to-Silloth road was closed when the sea washed debris onto the carriageway at Dubmill Point, near Allonby, and waves come over the sea wall shutting the road between Silloth and Skinburness.
There were reports of flooding too at Maryport Golf Course and Mealpot Road in Maryport where the River Ellen burst its banks, at Northside Road, New Bridge Road and Falcon Street in Workington, and at Port Street in Annan.
Train services between Carlisle and Barrow were cancelled because of flooding and a landslip between
Siddick and Flimby.
Northern Rail said it could not lay on replacement buses because roads were impassable. It advised passengers not to travel.
Buses were provided to get Sellafield workers home, however.
The railway was expected to re-open today.SAT
Residents of Marsh View at Rockcliffe, near Carlisle, looked on anxiously as the rising tidal waters threatened their homes.
Ian Park, whose home is one of the closest to the River Eden, said: “It got to about 4ft high on the road but fortunately didn’t reach our houses.”
Suzanne Burgess, who lives at Bowness-on-Solway with her husband Lawrence, had a narrow escape as the water almost trapped her car.
She said: “We’ve lived at Bowness for 15 years and the water was the highest I’ve seen it.
“I nearly got stuck at Glasson. There was a flood in front of me and as I turned round to go back it was flooding behind me.
“I drove home quickly through Glasson village to the other side of Bowness, got into the drive and the road in front of us flooded.
“I must have had about two minutes to spare.”
Coastguard patrols were out in force to deter members of the public from turning out to watch the spectacular waves. They urged people to stay away from the coast for their own safety.
Inland, high winds caused problems.
The A66 was closed to high-sided vehicles at Stainmore, slates came off the roof of a building at Carlisle Racecourse and firefighters removed loose metal sheeting from a roof at Stead McAlpin, Cummersdale, as a precaution.
The authorities renewed their appeal to motorists to observe ‘road closed’ signs.
A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “Roads are closed for a reason. Ignoring it could put lives at risk, not only for motorists but also their potential rescuers. We are reminding people closures must be followed and not ignored.”
More bad weather is on the way. The Met Office has a ‘yellow’ warning for Cumbria todaySAT forecasting rain, sleet and snow. Disruption to transport is possible.
The warning says: “The snow will be mainly confined to higher ground above about 150 metres where accumulations of several centimetres are possible. There may be temporary slight slushy deposits at lower levels.”
It adds: “The situation is finely-balanced and there remains considerable uncertainty regarding the extent of any snow.”
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency still has flood warnings in places for the Cumbrian coast north of St Bees and for Keswick camp site, and less-serious flood alerts for the coast south of St Bees and for Borrowdale, Derwent Water, and the Brathay, Rothay and Winster rivers.
First published at 12:20, Friday, 03 January 2014
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Wind & sea turbines would/could have created a lot of energy & revenue...Little Money spent on flood defence is poor.
Instead of sending millions of Â£`s to other countries ( Like China) we should spend it at home and improve the tidal defences of the country. Look at the mess on Maryport Golf Course. Concils were happy to dump demolished buildings on the course but do not want you to do anything as it is " a place of outstanding natural beauty" , thats in there words.
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