VIDEO: Road closures still in place following day of torrential rain

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Egremont Bridge is still closed
Egremont Bridge is still closed
12 October 2017 9:11AM

Sixteen roads remain closed today following a day of chaos as the county was battered with heavy rain.

Two flood warnings and 15 flood alerts also remain in force.

Egremont Bridge, which is a popular route for Sellafield commuters, is shut with the water levels remaining severely high this morning, as well as a number of other routes in West Cumbria.

These are:

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U2083 Harriston, Aspatria


C2003 Tallentire


B5289 Borrowdale Road


C4004 Cold Fell


C2037 Broughton Moor to Linefoot


A594 Dearham (Eric Nicholsons)


B5301 Arkleby Mill


C4017 Ennerdale to Wath Brow


A595 High House Road to St Bees


A595 U2077 Blennerhasset and Baggrow


U4030 Dalzell St, Moor Row


C4014 Beckermet to Braystones


C2001 Plumbland to Bothel


Lamplugh to Crossgates


B5345 Kersey bridge


The Ford, Cleator Moor


A595 North of Holmrook Bridge

Yesterday's downpour brought severe disruption to the county.

Homes in Egremont, Frizington, Cleator and Lamplugh were flooded.

The main A595 was hard hit with children returning home from Millom School to West Cumbria stranded on a coach at Muncaster for hours until the route was safe enough to drive.

At Blennerhasset, the River Ellen came close to bursting its banks but the area's flood defences did their job, keeping homes protected.

According to the Environment Agency, the only two flood warnings in place currently are for Keswick Campsite and the River Cocker at Southwaite Bridge. Flood warnings mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required by those at risk.

The Met Office said this morning that today will be a much dryer day, though some heavy rain is expected tomorrow – initially in the morning and then later in the afternoon.

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