Travel disruption, flooding and sandbags: Cumbria Police warn of weather

CUMBRIA Police are urging people to be prepared over the next few days as the weather may continue to cause disruption.

Over the weekend, police said the county's roads were affected by standing water which resulted in some roads being closed as well as some areas being flooded.

It says the Met office have advised that more heavy rain is due to hit Cumbria again today (Monday) followed by high winds tomorrow (Christmas Eve).

Police have advised people to take care and be prepared.

They say:

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, check your route and keeping up-to-date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting its traffic link map.  http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map

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

The coastal railway line running between Barrow and Carlisle is currently closed (Monday Dec 23) at Harrington near Workington due to a landslide across the line.

Police say there are a number of flood alerts across the county and they 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 on: 0845 988 1188

Police suggest that 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

Police said they received many calls from members of the public on Saturday asking for sand bags.

It says some district authorities supply these:

• Copeland Borough Council: 0845 054 8600 - (This number has out-of-hours support for flooding – after a message about what out of hours support is available it automatically diverts to an out-of- hours call centre). http://www.copeland.gov.uk/

• Eden District Council: Provide sand and sandbags to properties located in formal flood warning areas during a declared flood warning period in Appleby, Eamont Bridge, Bolton, Eden Hall and Armathwaite. http://www.eden.gov.uk/ 01768 817817.

• South Lakeland District Council: 0845 050 4434 http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/

• Carlisle City Council http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/

• Allerdale Borough Council http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/

• Barrow Borough Council www.barrowbc.gov.uk does not provide sandbags. However, if you live outside of these areas, the police suggest contacting the Environment Agencies Floodline for advice and information on: 0845 988 1188.

Keep up-to-date with the weather at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map

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