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29/6/2012 - Heavy downpours cause disruption to roads and properties in Cumbria

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Fire & rescue and highways teams dealt with a number of flooding-related incidents caused by exceptionally heavy rain in the county on Thursday.

The torrential rain swept through from the south west of the county and spread north. Initial incidents were reported at Barrow-in-Furness, Askam-in-Furness, Milnthorpe, Arnside and Kendal. Flooding call-outs then spread north to Tebay, Penrith, Appleby, the Eden Valley and Carlisle.

Photographs of the flooding in Kendal can be seen via The Westmorland Gazette websitethis external link will open in a new window

At Appleby Primary School flood water entered the foundation stage unit play area. Firefighters attended the incident and pumped out water. The school will be fully closed Friday, 29 June for all year groups.

A number of other properties were pumped out, but the weather incident has not severe enough to trigger a multi-agency emergency response.

Standing water on roads caused hazardous driving conditions. Sewer and drainage systems were also overwhelmed by the volume of water, causing numerous manhole covers to lift. There have also been a number of reports of road surfaces lifting and breaking up due to the weight of surface water.

On the B6413 at Kirkoswald, Ravensbeck Bridge next to Lacey's Garage has been closed following reports that it could be unstable.

Motorists are urged to take extreme care, allow extra time for journeys and reduce their speed. They should also dip their lights and check their brakes if they have been through water.

Roads around Barrow-in-Furness have suffered disruption following 19 incidents of localised flooding. The worst-affected areas are at Abbey Road, where a collapsed sewer caused the road to be closed at the Cheltenham Street junction through to Jesmond Avenue near Kwikfit, and the closure of Oxford Street/Ainslie Street. Salthouse Road in Barrow and Sharp Street in Askam have also been affected, but remain open at this stage.

For an update of all flooding incidents being attended by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service visit www.cumbriafire.gov.ukthis external link will open in a new window

To keep up to date with flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspxthis external link will open in a new window

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