Friday, December 11, 2015

Some roads and bridges remain closed, and more bad weather is on the way ...

A fresh weather warning has been issued for Cumbria this weekend.

The Met Office has put in place a yellow warning of snow and rain which is valid from 9am tomorrow morning (Saturday 12th December 2015). Forecasters are warning people to be aware of potential disruption from flooding or snow on Saturday.

A spokesman said:

“Rain, heavy at times, looks likely to develop early on Saturday and persist until later in the day. Given saturated ground, some localised flooding is possible as well as disruption to travel." 

"Impacts look like being low for the most part but given existing problems in parts of Cumbria, some isolated medium impacts are possible."

He said snowfall will also affect some higher roads and passages above 200m. Above 400m there could be 10cm of snow. Some lower levels could briefly be affected.

Between 20 to 40 mm rainfall is expected with up to 60 mm on high ground.

While the warning is in force temperatures in Carlisle are expected to sit between 3C and 5C. It is due to expire by 8pm but unsettled weather patterns are expected to continue into next week.


A flood warning for Keswick Campsite remains in place while an earlier warning for the River Eden at Carlisle which covers Rickerby Park, Swifts and Stoneyholme Golf Courses has been removed.

There are also five flood alerts where people should be prepared for possible flooding at:
  • Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water
  • Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake 
  • Lower River Eden 
  • Rivers Lowther and Eamont
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “River levels remain high following heavy rainfall over the weekend. Forecast scattered showers will continue into Friday with generally small rainfall amounts We expect river and lake levels to remain high.”

BRIDGES The north of Carlisle remains cut off from the city because Eden Bridge is still closed.

Cumbria County Council is due to complete an underwater inspection of the bridge but this cannot be done due to high water levels. The council said it will not be reopened to traffic or pedestrians until it is found to be structurally safe.

Eden Bridge is one of a number of bridges across the county which the county council say will remain closed until water levels recede and inspections can be carried out.

Closed bridges in north and west Cumbria are:
  • Oustenstand Bridge (Bolton to Cliburn Rd) - defective structure
  • Eamont Bridge - flooded
  • Pooley Bridge - closed due to collapse
  • C3048 Brougham Old - defective structure
  • Eden Bridge, Carlisle - awaiting inspection
  • St Lawrence Bridge, Appleby - awaiting inspection
  • Greta Bridge, Keswick
  • Ouse bridge - damage caused by fallen tree
  • Gote Bridge Cockermouth - high river levels
  • Braithwaite High Bridge - parapet collapsed
  • Isel Bridge, near Cockermouth - damaged
  • Memorial footbridge, Rickerby park, Carlisle - damaged
  • Jubilee Ford footbridge, Appleby - awaiting Inspection
  • Miller Bridge footbridge, Cockermouth - requires inspection
  • South Street footbridge , Cockermouth - requires inspection
  • U2219 Stormwater footbridge - damaged
  • Brewery footbridge, Cockermouth - damaged
  • Forge footbridge, Keswick - damaged
A council spokesman said: "We understand that these closures are making getting around more difficult, but they are being done for safety reasons and it is important that people respect the closure notices.

"People attempting to use the bridges and then being turned away are causing traffic congestion, so please use alternative routes."

He added that the council was now considering temporary structures.

  • B6259 Warcop Road to A685 Kirkby Stephen - flooding
  • A686 Approach to Langwathby bridge - road surface damaged
  • A592 Pooley Bridge to Aira Force - lakeside unpassable in places
  • A592 Kirkstone Bridge - to Glenridding and Patterdale - various locations along the route - broken surface/obstructions
  • C3042 Howtown - landslip
  • C3042 Howtown to Dale Head- landslip
  • C3079 Daleholme Lane, Kirkby Stephen - carriageway failure
  • C1017 Petteril Crook, Wreay - culvert collapsed
  • U3088 Barrock Mill - washed out approaches
  • U3047 A66 junction Guardshill - collapsed retaining wall
  • A591, from U7003, extending in a northerly and southerly direction for 6.8km - Chestnut Hill to Dunmail Raise - land slip and flooding
  • B5322 St Johns in the Vale - flooding
  • C2058 Portinscale to Grange - flooding and landslide
  • A591 Keswick to Bothel - flooded
  • B5292 from U2214, extending in a south-westerly direction for 110 metres, Braithwaite - flooded
  • U1140 from junction with B5305 in north easterly direction for approx 930m, Bell Bridge, Sebergham - road damaged
  • Newlands Valley - culvert damaged
  • C2027 from point 50m either side of the centre line of the bridge, Southwaite Mill - flooding and road damage
  • U2216 Park Wood - landslip
  • U2219 Scales, Lorton - landslip
  • U2229 Keswick to Threlkeld - landslip
  • Camerton to Great Broughton - flooding/landslip
  • Stormwater Old, Portinscale - flooding /landslip
Engineers are still working around the clock to restore power to the remaining 750 customers in Cumbria. More than 170 engineers, including inspectors and meter operators from electricity suppliers, are carrying out door-to-door safety checks on equipment before being able to safely restore power to remaining properties.

Mark Williamson, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “This has clearly been an unprecedented weather event, with the most rainfall in 24-hours the UK has ever seen.

“We have completed all the repair work at our substations and we’re working day and night to visit properties and get the remaining 750 customers back on.

“We’re at the final stages now, but this is an incredibly complicated exercise as it needs customers to return to their flooded homes to get access and any damaged equipment, including meters, to be replaced by an electricity supplier."

Mr Williamson thanked customers for their patience.

To help engineers residents of affected houses have been asked to leave telephone numbers in the window so that can be contacted and power restored as soon as possible.
TRAINS Rail services between Carlisle and Oxenholme are running at a reduced speed on some lines due to signalling problems. Journeys are expected to take about 30 minutes longer.

More details on the News and Star website at

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