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Barrow storm sparks flood chaos

RESIDENTS and motorists in Barrow and across South Cumbria faced flash floods after a storm struck the area on Thursday 28 June.

Areas reported to have been hit in Barrow included the junction of Dalton Lane and Dane Avenue, Roose Road, Salthouse Bridge and Sowerby Cottages.

A section of Abbey Road outside Kwik Fit in Barrow closed after a sewer collapsed.

There were reports of flooding in Askam and flood alerts have been put in place for the River Duddon, the Crake and Mill Beck by the Environment Agency. The area near to the Ireleth Mini Mart on the A595 was particularly bad, with water flowing down the street.

Fire crews were called out to a host of incidents in the town between 1pm and 3pm, including Brisbane Park Infants School in Blake Street and two houses in Wheatclose Road. Officers have also attended several jobs in Askam and Dalton.

The heavy rain is causing problems across the South Lakes, although there are currently no reports of any residential properties being affected.

Several drains were overflowing onto the roads in Ulverston, creating hazardous driving conditions, and the coast road was completely flooded near the Kadampa Buddhist Temple. The downpour also affected businesses in Windermere with flooding reported on some of the lake's jetties. Windermere Road in Grange was shut.

Several roads were flooded in and around Millom and Haverigg. Flooding hotspot Knott End, in Millom, is under water, and reports are coming in of more standing water on Lowther Road, Millom, the A5093 in Kirksanton and Wayne Gate Bridge, in Haverigg.

Driving conditions deteriorated as the county experienced heavy downpours and police urged motorists to take extreme care on the roads. Hazardous conditions were experienced on the M6 between Penrith and Carlisle because of surface water on the road.

A police spokeswoman said: "Motorists are asked to slow down, take extra care and be particularly aware of motorcycles around them. Bikers are urged to take extra care when rounding bends and avoid travelling at high speeds."

Trains between Lancaster and Carlisle were cancelled after landslides occurred on both the north and southbound west coast mainline. Passengers at Tebay have tweeted that they face delays of up to four hours because of a landslide on the line. Replacement bus services have been brought in but passengers are being advised that if possible they should delay their journey until tomorrow (Friday). 

The Met Office  issued an amber warning for the North West with wet conditions expected to continue until the early evening.

To keep up to date with flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

Details of road closures can be found by logging on to www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/local/cumbria.shtml or by listening to BBC Radio Cumbria. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/cumbria/

Was your area hit by flooding? Contact the Evening Mail newsdesk on 01229 840 150 or email your words and pictures to news.em@nwemail.co.uk

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Have your say

I totally agree with Paul Ts comments on South Lakes Search & Rescue, where were they? and for the other person PS, who posted that it needs to be put "into perspective" when your house is flooded, wether it be 2 inches or 6inches of water it matters, or do SLSAR think theyre TOO important to come out to just 6 inches of floodwater .

Posted by Agreeing with Paul T on 4 July 2012 at 08:12

A Dalton Resident wrote; "Why haven't they council emptied the drains, this rain has been forecast for days. Bloked drains cause floods."
If this is so I wonder if there isn't a case for criminal negligence against the council. After all some part of council taxes goes towards maintaining utilities.

Posted by Frank Boase on 3 July 2012 at 00:58

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