Stay away from harbours and promenades as high winds and tidal surges approach Cumbria, say police (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Stay away from harbours and promenades as high winds and tidal surges approach Cumbria, say police
3:34pm Thursday 2nd January 2014 in News
THE public should stay away from harbours and promenades over the next three days, say police.
Cumbria Police have warned coastal communities of the potential for disruption tomorrow (Friday) and into the weekend due to high winds and tidal surges across the West Coast.
This could lead to localised spray and wave-over tipping at exposed coastal locations and promenades, and the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land.
Police, along with partner agencies, have advised people to be prepared.
A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “The county and district councils are working in partnership and have contingency plans in place and staff on standby to provide immediate support to affected communities if required.
“Our highways teams are also geared up to support the emergency response and will be on hand to assist the police with road closures and diversions should they be needed.
“We’d encourage motorists to be aware of the conditions, give themselves extra time if they have to travel in coastal areas and check their route before setting off.
“People living in areas at risk of flooding are advised to keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need and to make sure elderly and vulnerable friends, neighbours and family are aware of the situation.”
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