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17 October 2017

Council responds to Storm Ophelia

County council highways crews were in action through the night dealing with the impact of Storm Ophelia.

Crews responded to 34 different incidents, mainly in the west of the county. The storm brought down trees, tore a roof off a building in Whitehaven and even ripped the heads of traffic lights. In addition high tides in combination with the wind saw debris piled on some of Cumbria’s coastal routes. Fire and Rescue teams attended to reports of potentially dangerous structures, relating to Chimney stacks and other domestic building fabric across the county.

 As of 10am seven roads remained closed in the county, with crews continuing to work to clear them.

  •  A5094 Irish Street Whitehaven,Roof off building
  • Dubmill Point, High tide debris
  • North Shore Road Whitehaven, High tide debris
  • Haile to Cold Fell, Tree down
  • Wilkie Road Barrow, Debris on Road
  • A595 Junction Corney Fell Duddon Bridge. Tree Down
  • A685 Newbiggin, Tree down

 One school in the county Crosby Ravensworth Primary, has closed due to loss of electricity.

Windermere Ferry is also closed done to high winds.

 A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said:

 “It’s been a wild night and our teams have worked incredibly hard to respond quickly to incidents and get roads cleared. We were well prepared yesterday and that paid off. The clean-up will continue through the day so there is likely to be some local disruption, please give yourself extra times for journeys just in case and look out for further updates via our social media feeds.”

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County council highways crews were in action through the night dealing with the impact of Storm Ophelia.