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04 December 2015

Severe weather causes disruption to roads and properties in Cumbria

Fire Engine attending flood

Severe weather causes disruption to roads and properties in Cumbria

Cumbria County Council has been working round the clock with partner agencies dealing with flooding affecting roads and properties following severe rainfall.

The county council’s fire and rescue service received more than 230 calls for flooding related incidents between 5pm and 10.30pm on Thursday evening.

At the height of the activity a total of 18 fire appliances were mobilised to support the call demand. The main area of flooding was in the west of the county, particularly in the Maryport area.

Firefighters carried out a number rescues from vehicles trapped in flood water, and prevented flood water getting into a number of properties.

With more severe weather expected, motorists are being urged not to risk becoming trapped by attempting to drive through flood water.

Three schools are closed today due to flooding: Blennerhasset, Wigton; Nelson Thomlinson, Wigton; and St Bridget’s CofE, Cockermouth. All three schools are expected to reopen on Monday 7 December.

A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “Our staff have been working tirelessly, in challenging conditions, dealing with flooding incidents and keeping the county safe. Latest weather forecasts suggest more adverse weather is likely in the coming days, so we would urge people to drive with extreme care and not drive through any flood water where they can’t judge the depth.”

For further information contact Cumbria County Council's communications team on 01228 221008 or 226601.

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Cumbria County Council has been working round the clock with partner agencies dealing with flooding affecting roads and properties following severe rainfall