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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Roads become rivers as Ulverston goes on flood alert

HEAVY rain over the weekend flooded homes as the recent heatwave came to a dramatic end.

Just days after major flood defence work in Ulverston was postponed until next year, homes were once again battling to keep the water out.

Firefighters were called out to a property in The Ellers in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, residents in nearby Lund Terrace could only watch as the road outside their homes turned into a stream.

Paul Satterthwaite, who has lived in Lund Terrace for 45 years, said: “It was running down the street. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

Manager of twice-flooded Rascals Day Nursery, Alex Mitton, said she was terrified once the rain started coming down.

The Ellers resident said she was fortunate that both her home and the nursery, in Lund Terrace, escaped unscathed.

She said: “I was really worried – it’s a bit scary.”

But the planned work to help prevent Town Beck flooding is unlikely to have helped this time.

Mrs Mitton said: “The beck was quite low because it has been so dry. It’s up now but I’ve never seen it so low.”

Instead, it has been suggested the flooding was the result of surface water being unable to drain away quickly enough.

Following the downpour, local councillors visited a number of high-risk areas.

Councillor Mark Wilson, who represents Ulverston East on Cumbria County Council, said homes in Dale Street and Bailey Street were affected.

He said: “One quick-thinking resident heard the rain and leapt into action at 1am, placing sandbags from the episode two or three months ago as barricades at his and his neighbour’s doors.

“The uneven lie of the road and the low kerbs just do not offer as much protection to house fronts from such a deluge during an amber warning.”

Following calls from Councillor Brenda Marr, a number of town councillors collected sandbags to distribute to homes.

Cllr Wilson also praised South Lakeland District Council’s out-of-hours staff for opening the sandbag depot quickly and helping to co-ordinate the response.

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