timberland boots for toddlers Chaos in Cumbria as county deluged with flooding
Crews were also sent out to Wigton at 12.40pm to reports of flooding in West Street. Traffic management has been put in place while they use a main pump and hose to drain the water.
Since 8:20am this morning the county’s fire and rescue service has dealt with more than 30 flood related incidents.
“Since midday the number of incidents has increased and CFRS have deployed several fire appliances to deal with flooding and in a few cases they have rescued people from cars trapped in floodwater.
“At this time CFRS are still dealing with five flood related incidents.
“This morning the majority of flood related incidents were located in the south of Cumbria. There is still one ongoing incident in Ambleside area.
“However, the other ongoing flood related incidents are now located in the west of Cumbria, namely Aspatria, Keswick and Egremont.”
The Environment Agency has issued 14 flood alerts and four warnings, the second highest level, for Cumbria.
A full list of the alerts are available here.
Between 50 and 70mm of rain is forecast for today. A yellow wind and rain warning has been issued by the Met Office.
Speaking this evening, Superintendent Matt Kennerley of Cumbria Police told the News Star they’d received about 60 calls about weather and flood related incidents.
“We’ve seen an increase in calls to the command room,” he said.
“We had a number of cars stuck in flood water and people were reporting rivers bursting their banks.
“It has caused a number of minor RTCs with people skidding and taking longer to brake.
“We have added extra patrols tonight across the county and we are keeping up to date on what’s going on.”
Supt Kennerley also urged people to stay safe.
“We are asking the public to pay really close attention to the roads they want to travel on,” he added.
“Allow a little bit more time and just keep it slow. Please don’t drive through flood water as that can put you and responders in danger.”
A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Roads across the county are being effected by the ongoing rainfall.
“Police would also like to reiterate their advice to motorists to drive to the conditions following continued rainfall across the county.
“Drivers are asked to take care, slow down and not attempt to drive through flooded roads.”
A car has also also been pictured getting stuck in flood water in Seaton.
People parked on the car park near to the Recreation Ground on Whitehaven’s Coach Road have been rushing to move their cars, which have been swamped with water.
A major road into and out of Workington was one of the early victims as heavy rainfall batters the county.
Water was washing across the A596 at Castle Gardens, with vehicles being forced to approach carefully and some veering onto the other side of the road to avoid driving through it.