Flood clean up underway

Whitehaven town centre was flooded Photo: ITV Border

Schools, businesses and home owners are cleaning up after flash floods hit parts of west Cumbria.

St Patrick's Primary School in Cleator Moor remains closed after children were sent home early when water poured through the ceiling.

The school ceiling Credit: ITV Border

Head teacher Emma Jackson hopes the school will re-open tomorrow (19 October) and staff worked through the night to clear up the damage.

"We sent the children home as a precaution, ceiling tiles fell down and there was some damage. The staff worked last night and this morning to get it cleared up.

"As soon as we have the ok we will reopen and we hope to be back up and running on Friday. The staff have been brilliant."

– – EMMA JACKSON, HEAD TEACHER, ST PATRICK'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
The school remains closed Credit: ITV Border

Andy Brown from the Environment Agency spoke to ITV Border about why Cumbria in particular suffered from flash floods and was keen to reiterate the need for people to be aware of their particular flood risk.

Parts of Whitehaven were closed by police and damage was done to roads and pavements after three inches of water fell during high tide.

A road breaks up following flash flooding Credit: ITV Border

Cellars around Market Street were flooded and homes in St Bees were affected.

The Environment Agency has issued Flood Alerts along the same stretch of coast today.

A drain struggles to cope Credit: ITV Border