Weather causes disruption across West Cumbria
Last updated at 13:32, Friday, 03 January 2014
Residents were bracing themselves today as high winds and heavy rain caused disruption across the county.
Police and highways bosses are urging people not to ignore a road closure at Dubmill Point near Allonby.
A section of the B5300 next to the coast has been closed because of flood water and debris.
A county council spokesman said: “We have had reports of people moving the road closure to go around it.
“It is closed for their own safety and we are urging people not to do that.”
A police spokesman added that driving conditions were hazardous and urged people to avoid the area until after high-tide at lunchtime today.
The River Ellen in Maryport has reportedly burst its bank and is causing flooding on Mealpot Road. Motorists are told not to use the area and seek alternative routes.
Church Street close to IPES Ltd in Workington was flooded today causing cars and buses to turn back.
Large parts of The Cloffocks are now underwater, including land next to the cricket and bowling ground.
The starting point of Uppies and Downies next to Allerdale House was impassible because of the depth of the water.
Roofer Joe Sandwith, 63, of Low Seaton, attempted to cross it in his 4x4 but was forced to reverse when the water reached the edge of the door.
A field next to Borough Park put forward as a possible alternative site for their football ground was under about four feet of water, prompting one onlooker to suggest it as water polo venue.
The area is also close to where Allerdale council is proposing to build its new £9 million sports centre. Mr Sandwith said: "This is a flood plain, and the proximity of that water should rule it out."
The A595 at Muncaster has been closed due to flooding.
National Rail has announced that all trains between Workington and Barrow have been cancelled as storms continue to hit the Cumbrian coast.
Motorists are advised not to drive through flood water that they are not aware of the depth of, and to not tie up emergency services by driving through deep water.
More to follow ....
First published at 12:16, Friday, 03 January 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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