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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Cumbrian fire crew called to pump away flood water

Water is being pumped away from homes on a Maryport estate after a culvert became blocked this morning.

Firefighters and the Environment Agency were called at about 3am to pump water away from houses at Elbra Farm Close after a nearby culvert became blocked.

An agency spokesman said seven houses were at risk of being flooded and four pumps were being used to divert water away from the homes.

It’s the second time in three months the estate has been flooded.

It was flooded on December 30 after a pipe collapsed in the culvert which runs behind some of the homes.

The agency had been monitoring the culvert since then and was drawing up plans to fix it, but heavy rainfall over the weekend blocked the culvert again.

A 47-year-old resident, whose garage was flooded in December and again this morning, questioned why the estate has been allowed to flood again so quickly after the last time.

She said: “I woke up this morning and I thought ‘not again’. Why has it happened again? The Environment Agency were supposed to be monitoring it. It shouldn’t have happened.”

Tools, a pool table, furniture and other items stored in her garage have been damaged during the two incidents but none of the water has entered her home.

It is understood that no other houses have been flooded.

One fire engine was called out to help pump water but firefighters then handed the matter over to the Environment Agency.

Heavy rain was causing hazardous driving conditions on roads across west Cumbria this morning.

  • The A5086 road in Lamplugh was closed at the Kirkdale Road junction due to flooding. A diversion is in operation.
  • Kirkbride Road in Abbeytown was flooded.

In addition, there was lots of standing water on the A595 road between Cockermouth and Carlisle.

Earlier problems with surface water on the A596 in Maryport and the A596 Workington Road, between the West Lane junction and the Lowca Lane junction, are said to have cleared.

RAILWAYS

Flooding at Maryport means that no trains are running on the coastal line between Carlisle and Barrow, says National Rail.

Northern Rail has announced that the 9.02am service from Whitehaven to Carlisle will be cut short. It had been due to arrive in Carlisle at 10.13am, but will instead be terminated at Maryport.

Earlier this morning, Northern Rail said that flooding near Sellafield meant no trains would be running between Whitehaven and Millom until further notice. The 7.25am service from Whitehaven to Barrow was terminated at Sellafield. The 9.10am Barrow to Carlisle service, due 11.35am, started at Sellafield.

The company says the 10.43am Carlisle to Barrow service is to start from Workington.

FLOOD ALERTS/WARNINGS

The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for the River Eden at Carlisle, Rickerby Park, Swifts and Stoneyholme Golf Courses and Keswick Campsite. A flood warning means that flooding is expected.

Flood alerts have also been issued for the following rivers, Wampool and Ellen, Lowther and Eamont, Kent and Bela, Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake, Esk and Irthing, Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk, Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck, Cocker, Marron and Derwent, Caldew and Petteril, Eden, Brathay, Rothay and Winster, Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water.

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