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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Heavy rain brings more misery to Cumbria

Several properties have been flooded in west Cumbria following heavy overnight rain.

Firefighters yesterday responded to calls for help from across the area, including Dryden Way in Egremont and off School Brow in Moresby Parks.

Police advised drivers, particularly Sellafield traffic, to stay on the main A595 road due to flooding on the B5345 at St Bees.

There were also reports of flooding on roads at Egremont, Moresby, Calderbridge, Blackbeck and Parton, all west Cumbria.

Elsewhere, Scalegate Road in Carlisle, near the Lamb Street junction, were just passable because of flooding.

There was also a lot of standing water at the Peter Lane junction with the B5299 Dalston Road, near Carlisle.

A car became stuck in floodwater at Arkleby, where the road was said to be impassable and there were also problems with standing water at Blennerhasset.

Firefighters from Lazonby, Penrith and Alston were called to flooded homes near the Old Smithy in Gamblesby shortly after 4am. They used a specialist pump to clear the water and dug trenches to divert it away.

A flood warning is still in place this morning (Tuesday) at Keswick Campsite. A warning for the River Eden at Carlisle (Rickerby Park, Swifts and Stoneyholme golf courses) has been lifted.

There were 14 flood alerts in force on Cumbria's rivers but that had fallen to just five this morning.

The Met Office had forecast “persistent rain” for Cumbria for much of yesterday.

The county, however, escaped the worst of the weather, which hit north Wales, North Yorkshire and north-east England, where widespread flooding was anticipated.

Have your say

years ago ive watched diggers cleaning out the river beds on the river caldew and near the old waverley viaduct on the river eden.also over the last few years you dont see the council guys in the country locations cleaning out the road side, side of the road ditches with there spades.the councils drain cleaning wagons.so the culprit to all the flooding is the councils,cut backs.

Posted by robert 3 on 27 November 2012 at 11:00

Here we go Sellafield getting the blame again.Due to the lack of rural buses going to site people have to use their cars.If you live in a village off the main road you will still have to get in the car and drive to main road. The floods are caused by nature.The fields cannot cope with water and it is running off into rivers and they cannot cope with the vast amount of water.It is not a problem which can be solved by unblocking the drains.The rivers need to to dredged.If you look at the river derwent from Calva bridge to the new Northside bridge the amount of stone which was swept down during the floods has not been cleared.If the environment agency would allow this work to be done, clearing all the rivermouths and harbours it would make a hell of a difference.Come Cumbria County Council create work for struggling companies and get the dredgers in you know it makes sense.

Posted by Annie on 27 November 2012 at 08:46

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