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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Flooding causes disruption in Cumbria

HEAVY rain caused choas on the roads of Cumbria with routes affected by flooding.

A number of roads were badly affected yesterday by flooding and standing water including Abbey Road in Dalton at the Church Street junction, Hollow Lane in Barrow, the A65 both ways between A6070/A590 (Crooklands Roundabout), and the A5093 between A595 Dubdale Brow (Hallthwaites) and Huddleston Road (Millom).

Residents in Lowther Road, Millom, were also hit by heavy floods after torrential downpours overnight and in the morning.

According to one resident, the problems started around 10am. He said: "It doesn't normally get this bad. The one question everybody is asking is why don't the police close the road? When the cars come through the floods it pushes the water down our driveways."

Kieran McQuire, 23, said water had found its way into his garage.

He said: "We were scooping it out with buckets. It's not got into the house, but if it rains again it could be quite concerning. If it does we are going to put sandbags down."

The Met Office has said more rain is expected on Sunday. The public is warned to be aware of surface water and potential flooding in low lying areas.

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