UPDATE: Flood alert back in place for Cumbrian coastline as area prepares for 60mph winds

UPDATE: Flood alert back in place for Cumbrian coastline as area prepares for 60mph winds

Motorists braving water on the flood-hit road at Sandside yesterday

Flooding on Saturday at Sandside

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The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE Cumbrian coastline looks set to be battered by 60mph winds prompting the Environment Agency to put a flood warning back in place.

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A warning - the second most serious - is in force for the Morecambe Bay area including Roosebeck, Canal Foot, Arnside and Sandside, where tides could reach heights of 9.5m this afternoon.

"Due to a combination of high tides, strong winds and large waves, onshore flooding may occur," said a spokesman for the agency.

"Winds of up to 60mph are expected in coastal areas."

The high tide is expected at 3.59pm and the Environment Agency said conditions will apply two to four hours either side of high tide.

"The risk of flooding could continue," said John Curtin, head of incident management at the Environment Agency.

"We would again remind people to avoid coastal paths and promenades which could be dangerous.”

Yesterday alerts were still in place for the Rivers Rothay, Brathay and Winster, but these have now been removed.

However at round 2pm yesterday coastal water overtopped at Sandside for the third time in as many days, causing havoc for motorists on the B5282 close to The Ship Inn.

On Friday water rushed up to houses and into the pub, and on Saturday it covered the road and left motorists stranded between pockets of deep water.

"We got to where the road had flooded slightly and pushed on and now we're facing even worse flooding," motorcyclist Nick Heaton told the Gazette at the time.

"We'll just have to wait for it to subside."

Another couple, who asked not to be named, also said they'd found themselves stuck and were waiting for water to recede.

On Friday the water also flooded areas of Arnside, Grange-over-Sands and Canal Foot at Ulverston.

However, a spokeswoman for the Bay Horse pub, at Canal Foot, told the Gazette that although it was raining and windy yesterday, no water had breached the road.

On Friday around 500 sandbags were handed out at South Lakeland District Council depots in Ulverston, Kendal, Troutbeck and from both Storth and Arnside village halls.

South Lakeland District Council later thanked residents for their ‘vigilant’ response to the extreme weather.

"Thanks to the warnings sent out most people were well prepared," said Nick Pearson, council street scene manager.

"Many residents living in coastal areas are used to dealing with the ever-present threat from the high tides.”

To keep up to date with flood alerts people are urged to visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk, or call the agency's Floodline for advice and information on 0845 988 1188.

Anybody who manages to get pictures of flooding is asked to send them to anna.clarke@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them to @annageorgina

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