Heavy rain across Cumbria has led to travel disruption and reports of flooding in some areas. This blog will be updated throughout today, Friday October 29, with travel and news updates, including road closures and diversions.
LIVE UPDATES: Cumbria flooding causes disruption across county
The Met Office has issued nine flood warnings across Cumbria as the rain continues to fall.
Warnings are in place for the River Ehen at Egremont, Ennerdale, Bleach Green, Bridge End, Vale View, and Wood Bank.
River Greta at Keswick is also expected to flood, as well as the River Kent, River Rothay in Grasmere, and the Rivers Cocker and Derwent in Cockermouth.
More than 13 other flood alerts have been issued across the county.
13.35pm: Friday road closures across Cumbria
Here are the roads that remain affected by heavy rainfall. Roads marked as ‘passable’ should be approached with caution. Visit the Cumbria County Council website to plan your journey.
- A595 Duddon Bridge – Closed
River Burst and flooded carriageway. River levels need to drop before it can reopen.
- A591 Banneriggs – Passable
Standing water. Team in attendance.
- A593 Clappersgate – Closed
River Burst and flooded carriageway. River levels need to drop before it can reopen.
- A592 Hill of Oaks – Passable
Abandoned car removed and road now passable with care
- A595 Holmrook – Closed
River has burst it’s bank and flooded the carriageway. Given the tides/rainfall, this may not reopen until the weekend.
- Egremont Bridge, Egremont – Closed
- Bransty Road Whitehaven – Passable
Getting worse and may need to be closed
- Wath Brow to Ennerdale – Closed
- Coronation Drive Whitehaven – Passable
- Low Moresby – Passable
- Low Road Cockermouth – Passable
- Arkleby to Oughterside – Closed
Impassable vehicles stuck in flood water
- South Street Footbridge – Closed
- Portinscale Footbridge – Closed
- B5289 Near Ramblers Association – Passable
- A5074 Coast Road – Passable
Now open but only passable with care
- Maryport to Broughton Moor – Closed
Road closed – Vehicle stuck in flood water
- Low Road Whitehaven – Closed
- B500 Maryport Golf Course – Passable
Road lifting. Traffic signals being put in place.
- A592 Ullswater – Closed
Lake has overtoppeed and road is now impassable between the A5092 and Dalesmain junctions.
13.30pm: Train disruption resolved
Disruption between Carlisle and Maryport has now ended, according to Northern Rail.
13.20pm: Bassenthwaite Lake has merged with Derwentwater
Footage from a walker at the summit of Dodd fell has captured Bassenthwaite Lake merging with Derwentwater. Despite normally being around 10 miles apart, the two joined earlier today following further torrential downpours.
10am: Cumbria weather Friday update
Good morning, we’ll continue to bring you travel and news updates as the rain continues to fall across Cumbria today, Friday 29.
Heavy rain is forecast across the county, and a total of nine flood warnings are still in place. A further 13 flood alerts have been issued.
The message to residents this morning is to only travel when necessary, and to avoid driving through floodwater.
A yellow flood warning remains in place until 3 pm today.
16.00pm: A595 Holmrook Bridge CLOSED
#A595 #Holmrook #RoadClosure— Cumbria Road Watch (@CumbriaRdWatch) October 28, 2021
A595 Holmrook Bridge CLOSED due to the likelihood of danger as a result of flooding. It is anticipated that the restriction will be required for 21 days. #CumbriaRoads
P: 14:38 hrs, 28th Oct@BBC_Cumbria @CumbriaCrack @JakeColley22 @StagecoachCNL pic.twitter.com/MfeMarhEH7
15.45pm: Huge rainfall figures over the last 38 hours
The Met Office has released the rainfall figures for Cumbria measured over the last 38 hours.
- Honister Pass: 358mm
- Seathwaite: 299mm
- Thirlmere: 161mm
- Ennerdale: 143mm
- Keswick: 125mm
15.30pm: Current flood warnings
There are now 11 flood warnings across Cumbria. This means flooding is expected in the following areas:
- Keswick Campsite: Low lying land bordering Derwentwater and front of the Keswick Camping and Caravan Club most at risk. Flood warning expected to stay in place until the end of the week.
- River Cocker at Southwaite Bridge: Affecting areas surrounding the River Cocker, farms and property adjacent to the river in the Lorton Valley, Southwaite Bridge and Southwaite Mill.
River Derwent at Workington, Seaton Mill and Barepot: At-risk areas include properties at Seaton Mill, Barepot, Hall Park, Hall Park View, Workington Police Station, Leisure Centre, Bowling Green and Cricket Club.
River Ehen at Egremont, Bleach Green, Ennerdale Mill, Bridge End, Vale View, Wood Bank, Rugby Club
River Ehen at Low Mill
Flood warning for River Greta at Keswick, Keswick Campsite, Rugby Club and Quinta: Flooding of property, farmland, and roads expected, as well as properties and campsites adjacent to the River Greta and River Derwent.
River Kent at Burneside, Steeles Row and Carling Steps: Areas most at-risk include adjacent the River Kent in Bridge Street, Steeles Row, Junction Cottages and Carling Steps areas of Burneside Village. Flooding possible until at least 7pm on October 28.
River Leven at Newby Bridge and Backbarrow: Properties adjacent to the River Leven at Newby Bridge and Backbarrow most at-risk, with intermittent showers forecast over the coming days.
- River Rothay at Grasmere, White Bridge and Stock Lane: Areas at River Rothay at Grasmere, White Bridge, Church Stile, Stock Lane and Lake View Drive most at-risk. River levels expected to remain high.
Rivers Cocker and Derwent at Cockermouth, Cricket Ground and Trout Hotel Car Park: Properties on and around Brewery Lane, Bridge Street, Crown Street, High Sand Lane, Main Street and Waterloo Street most at-risk.
- Windermere Lake Levels: Properties, including campsites and leisure facilities on the shores of Windermere most at-risk from 4pm on October 28.
13.30pm: Rail replacement running between Carlisle and Sellafield
Northern Rail disruption between Carlisle and Sellafield is expected until 3pm. An update on NR’s website reads: “Trains are unable to run in parts of the track between Sellafield and Carlisle, this is due to severe weather flooding the track between Carlisle and Maryport and a power failure between Sellafield and Workington.”
Road replacement transport is in operation as follows:
- One coach will depart Carlisle at 13:15 calling all stops to Sellafield.
- Coach heading to Sellafield has an expected arrival time of 2pm, which will then make its way back to Carlisle
13.15pm: Live flood warnings across the county
The Gov.UK is being updated as flood warnings increase in numbers. Screenshot correct as of 13.15pm.
12.47pm: Sellafield workers sent home
On-site contractors at Sellafield have been sent home, according to sources at the site. Off-site workers are also being told to make their way home.
12.35pm: Disruption at Carlisle train station
The delayed 12.10pm train between Carlisle and Barrow In Furness has been cancelled due to heavy rain flooding the railway. Further disruption is expected.
12.28pm: Copeland Police issues warning
Copeland Police has warned residents to avoid unnecessary travel. The statement, issued on Twitter, reads: “Several roads are now closed throughout the Copeland area, The threat of flooding remains high and we are asking residents to only travel when necessary.”
12.20pm: Major flooding in Ambleside at Waterhead and Rothay
12.15pm River Derwent near Cockermouth
A BBC Weather Watcher took this photo of the River Derwent earlier today, which is due to peak at 4pm today.
This picture by Weather Watcher Gardening Mum shows the River Derwent in Cumbria, around a mile west from Cockermouth, which is expected to peak at 1600.— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) October 28, 2021
A Met Office AMBER warning for rain remains in place.
Follow @BBC_Cumbria for the latest flood warnings and advice. pic.twitter.com/oMEMiUXDkp
12.07pm: Flooding in Whitehaven
Water levels are continuing to rise in Whitehaven with pools of water collecting on Bransty Row outside Weatherspoons.
12.03pm: ‘Cars floating’ in Keswick
Lodore Hotel and Spa is Keswick has confirmed cars are ‘floating’ in the car park, and the road to the hotel is currently closed.
11.57am: New flood warning for the River Leven
The Met Office has issued a new flood warning for the River Leven at Newby Bridge.
Reading in a hurry?
- Flood warnings are in place across Cumbria as heavy rain continues to fall.
- 358mm of rainfall measured in Honister Pass over the last 38 hours
- Rail replacement service running between Carlisle and Sellafield