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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Trains delayed as fresh flood and weather alerts issued for Cumbria

Flooding has led to the closure of a number of roads across the county, with motorists advised to seek alternative routes and avoid driving through deep water.

National Rail say there will be no trains between Carlisle and Carstairs until further notice due to flooding on the line, while Transpennine and Scotrail say their services in the area will also be effected.

The roads currently closed are:

  • Coach Road, Whitehaven
  • School Brow at Moresby Parks, Whitehaven
  • Trumpet Road, Cleator Moor
  • The B5345, St Bees
  • Seaton Road, between Broughton Moor and Cockermouth
  • More bands of heavy rain are set to fall on Cumbria and south west Scotland over the next few days.

The A7 at Skipper's Bridge, Langholm is passable with care, although work is being carried out after flooding and a landslide.

The Met Office have issued another yellow wind warning for the county, with gales likely inland and even more severe conditions on coasts and higher ground.

The warning is in place from noon until 6pm on Monday.

Police are advising all motorists to allow extra time for their journeys today due to adverse weather conditions.

Those driving on the region's roads are asked to slow down, take care, and be aware of motorcyclists, while bikers should take care at high speeds and while travelling around bends.

It has sparked warnings today from Environment Agency and Met Office for the public to be aware of the risk of possible flooding.

The Environment Agency started to gear up its Floodline warning system yesterday, putting many of Cumbria’s rivers and waterways on flood alert, the lowest level of alert.

First up was a warning for the rivers Ehen, Caldew, Irt and Esk in west Cumbria then at tea-time yesterday the River Eden and its tributaries from Temple Sowerby to Warwick Bridge were put on flood alert.

The upper Eden has also been put on flood alert, as have the rivers Caldew and Petteril covering from the Lakeland fells to where they meet the Eden in Carlisle, including Greystoke, Newton Reigny, Plumpton, Stockdalewath, Sebergham and Denton Holme.

Rivers Esk, Irthing, Lowther and Eamont in the north of the county have also been added to the list, as too have the Wampool and Ellen in north Allerdale and the Cocker, Marron and Derwent which cover a large area from Bassenthwaite Lake and Crummock Water to the coast at Workington.

The River Derwent from Keswick to Bassenthwaite, the Greta, Glenderamackin and St Johns Beck are also on alert.

Another warning - first made on December 14 - remains in place for the areas near to the Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water.

The latest bout of expected heavy rain has led the Met Office to upgrade its warning for the south of Scotland - from yellow to amber, the second highest level possible. Here up to 20-30mm is expected to fall in the next 24 hours but as much as 50-60mm could fall over higher ground.

The Met Office has also issued an early yellow warning for south west Scotland for New Year's Day on Wednesday when yet more rain is forecast.

Another spell of wet weather is expected on Wednesday afternoon and evening. The rain will become persistent and heavy for a time before clearing away on Wednesday night, the Met Office said today.

Forecasters say that with more rain expected to fall in the next few days on already saturated ground, people should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.

The bad weather is expected to move eastwards during Monday morning. The Met Office says the largest rainfall totals will be over upland areas exposed to the strong south to southwesterly winds.

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