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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Flooding affects Cumbria after heavy rainfall

Flooding is causing problems across Cumbria following a night of heavy rain.

Dearham bus photo
A bus stranded in a flooded lane which connects the lower end of Dearham with the A594 Maryport, Cockermouth road. Photo: Alan Falkous

Several roads in west Cumbria are closed on Friday morning and trains are being delayed between Carlisle and Whitehaven.

Police are warning motorists to take care as they drive to work and be aware of hidden dangers such as pools of water on road surfaces.

The roads currently affected by standing water include:

  • A595 Calderbridge
  • A595 Bothel
  • A596 Siddick, Workington
  • A689 at Brampton between the A69 and Birky Lane
  • A5086 Frizington Road blocked at Parkside Road
  • A7 closed between M6 J44 / A689 (Carlisle North) and Arthuret Road
  • B5301 Station Road in Aspatria blocked between the Comely Bank junction and the School Lane junction
  • A66 eastbound between B6542 near Appleby (south) and A685 - lanes are blocked
  • Fangs Brow blocked at Mockerin

Police are also warning motorists not to try to drive through deep water and flooding on the A596 at the junction with the B5300 between Maryport and Allonby.

And a second stretch of the A7 near Langholm is partially blocked both ways due to a landslip at the B720.

Meanwhile all railway lines at Aspatria have reopened following flooding on the tracks but trains between Maryport and Carlisle may be delayed by up to 40 minutes.

The Met Office has issued two flood warnings at Keswick Campsite and for the River Ehen at Egremont, Bleach Green, Ennerdale Mill, Springfield Road, Vale View, and Wood Bank.

Several flood alerts have also been in place at the Lower River Eden, Middle River Eden, Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster, Rivers Caldew and Petteril, Rivers Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck, Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk, Rivers Esk and Irthing, Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake, Rivers Kent and Bela, Rivers Lowther and Eamont, Rivers Wampool and Ellen, Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water, and Upper River Eden.

 

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