Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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More heavy rain and high winds to batter Cumbria

A house was struck by lightning and caught fire as heavy rain caused flooding in Cumbria and more bad weather is on its way.

Just after 4.30pm yesterday, a house in Broughton Moor, near Cockermouth, was hit by lightning and then caught fire. A crew from Maryport attended but the fire was already out on arrival.

One person in the house was suffering with breathing difficulties and an ambulance was requested.

Police warned people not to travel unless necessary after a number of roads were hit by flooding. They said the worst hit areas were in west Cumbria where they received 110 reports of flooding.

It is believed about 10 homes were hit by flood water.

Cumbria's fire service said it received more than 80 calls for help with flooding between Aspatria and Whitehaven.

It attended 25 incidents and helped pump out flooded properties, divert water away from homes and clear blocked drains.

Last night, stretches of Rickerby Park in Carlisle were flooded after the River Eden burst its banks. The road leading from Brampton Road down into the park was closed. 

Police said the following roads were affected or closed due to standing wate:

· Arkleby Road, Aspatria

· Hayton Village, Aspatria

· Seaton Bridge, Main road, Seaton, Workington

· Bottom of Stainburn Hill, Workington

· Briscoe Crescent, Whitehaven

· Common End, Distington

· Coach Road, Whitehaven

· Esk Avenue, Whitehaven

· Gilgarren, Nr Cockermouth

· Road between Broughton Moor and Dovenby

· A594 at Dovenby

· A5086 Sheep and Wool Centre towards Egremont

· Blennerhasset

· B5305 between Wigton and the M6

Police said earlier that the road to Great Corby, near Carlisle, was also closed due to flooding between the A69 and Great Corby.

Police urged drivers to take care in west Cumbria due to "numerous flood related incidents". The A596 was closed between King Street in Wigton and the Thursby  roundabout. The Cockermouth to Papcastle road was said by police to be flooded. There was traffic disruption in Maryport and some roads in Seaton were said to be blocked due to cars being stuck in flood water. The A595 at Jenkins Cross was said to be impassable.

Police said the road at Low Moresby was closed due to flooding at the A595 and B5306; the A595 Loop Road North in Whitehaven was blocked due to flooding at Oakbank Avenue and there was also flooding on the A595 between Whitehaven and Egremont.

Northern Rail said the train line between Carlisle and west Cumbria was closed because of flooding. Police said the line was blocked at Harrington, Workington, because of a landslide and services were cancelled. 

The Cumbria Coast line that runs between Carlisle and Barrow is currently closed at Harrington, Workington, due to a landslide. Network Rail expect the line will remain closed today while they work to clear the line.

A flood warning remains in place in the area around Keswick campsite because of the high level of Derwentwater.

Flood alerts are in place today at: Lower River Eden between Crosby-on-Eden and the Solway at Rockcliffe, Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck in Borrowdale and Derwentwater and the rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster in south Cumbria.

Meanwhile, Cumbria police are urging people to be prepared as the weather over the next few days may continue to cause disruption to roads and cause some localised flooding.

The Met office has advised that more heavy rain is due to hit Cumbria again on Monday followed by high winds on Tuesday.

There are a number of flood alerts across the county, Police are urging people, especially those living in an area prone to flooding to keep up to date with flood alerts, you can find out more by visiting: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx or call their Floodline for advice and information on: 0845 9881188.


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