UPDATE: Weather may continue to cause disruption to roads in the run-up to Christmas

POLICE are urging the communities around the county to be prepared as the weather over the next few days may continue to cause disruption to roads and cause some localised flooding.

Yesterday Cumbria roads were affected by standing water which resulted in some roads being heavily affected or closed as well as some areas being flooded.

The Met office have advised that more heavy rain is due to hit Cumbria again on Monday and high winds on Christmas Eve, therefore police have warned people to be prepared.

In a statement, Cumbria police offered the following advice:

Travel

If you need to travel on the roads, please slow down, drive with care and drive to the road / weather conditions – not the speed limit.

Before starting your journey, please check your route, you can keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting our Traffic Link Map: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map.

If you are planning to travel by train, please contact National Rail to check that there are no issues with the trains on your journey.www.nationalrail.co.uk.

The Cumbria Coast Railway line that runs between Carlisle and Barrow is currently closed at Harrington, Workington due to a landslide. Network Rail expect the line will remain closed today whilst they work to clear the line.

Flooding:

There are a number of flood alerts across the county, police are urging people, especially those living in an area 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/31618.aspx 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 the Highways agency on their Highways Hotline 0845 609 6609 (answer phone service evenings, weekends and public holidays) or email highways@cumbria.gov.uk

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