Ulverston and south Lakes residents are being asked to prepare for possible flooding
Last updated at 08:35, Friday, 03 January 2014
RESIDENTS in Ulverston and coastal areas of South Lakeland are being urged to prepare for the possibility of the worst flooding in more than a decade.
The Environment Agency is warning communities to remain alert between today and Sunday as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves.
This could lead to waves overtopping at exposed coastal locations and paths and promenades could be highly dangerous with an increased risk of being swept out to sea.
They say the last time potential coastal incident on this scale was in 2002 when 65 properties were affected. On that occasion the areas involved were at Canal Foot South, Next Ness, Roosebeck, Ulverston, and East Plain Farm, Flookburgh. Shops and residences on the seafront in Arnside and Sandside were also affected.
Environment Agency teams, working with local authorities including South Lakeland District Council, will be working around the clock to check flood defences and close tidal gates.
Residents who need sandbags can collect them from the SLDC South Ulverston Depot, North Lonsdale Road, which is open till 6pm tonight and from 6am tomorrow; Kendal Depot till 6pm tonight and from 6am tomorrow; and from Ecclerigg Depot, Troutbeck, at any time.
There are a number of flood alerts across the whole county and police are urging people, especially those in areas prone to flooding, to keep up to date with flood alerts, you can find out more by visiting: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods or call their Floodline for advice and information on: 0845 988 1188
If you see the roads in your area starting to flood with a build-up of surface water, please contact Cumbria County Council’s Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up-to-date with the weather at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map
Practical tips and health advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flooding-advice-to-the-public
First published at 15:44, Thursday, 02 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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In all fairness to DISGUSTED comments - the Local Authority (in this case SLDC) are under no obligation to provide sandbags to residents for the purposes of protecting their property.In fact you will find most Local Authorities across the UK do not provide sandbags as it is the householders responsibility to ensure they are sufficiently protected.
Collected sandbags from the SLDC depot; was advised we could have 8 per property..... so 4 each for the front and back doors respectively? have SLDC officials who decide on 8 per property seen the footage?
8 old and rotten sandbags (for every one we collected we had to throw 2 old and ripped ones back- they had been there a long time) wouldn't keep out water from a hosepipe, and to provide rotten sandbags in the first place when there had been plenty of warning of bad conditions.... They were washed away within the first 20 mins SHAME on you SLDC !!
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