Flooding in the Border region

Heavy rainfall yesterday caused flooding across the region with a number of people having to be rescued from floodwaters.

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Woman and child rescued from flooded car

A woman and child had to be rescued from a car in flood waters yesterday afternoon when it became stuck and was drifting in waist high water.

The rescue happened shortly after three o'clock near to the mill at Mill Hill in Cleator Moor.

The scene at the rescue yesterday Credit: Adrian Holme

Five fire engines - one from Frizington, two from Workington, one from Seascale and another from Carlisle East - were in attendance at the scene.

Fire services were called in to help with the rescue Credit: Adrian Holme

A swift water rescue team was also sent to the rescue.

The woman and child were taken to a place of safety, and the car was left in the water because of the strength of the current and depth of the water.

Five crews were called to help Credit: Adrian Holme

Man evacuated from flooded Loweswater house

A man had to be evacuated from his house in Loweswater this morning after the building was badly flooded during the morning rainshowers.

A fire engine from Cockermouth used an extension ladder to rescue the man from his house shortly before nine o'clock this morning.

He was then taken to what the fire services have described as "a safe place."

They also deemed the road at Crabtree Beck impassable due to the depth of the water and rocks on the road

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Disruption on rail services due to flooding

Trains on the First Transpennine Express and Virgin Trains services are currently delayed because of flooding on the line.

The disruption is affecting the line between Preston and Glasgow Central, and between Preston and Edinburgh Waverley, and has been caused by flooding between Oxenholme Lake District and Penrith.

Services are subject to delays of up to an hour while the line is cleared, and the disruption is expected to be ongoing until around 5pm.

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Cumbrian rivers on flood alert

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for rivers across Cumbria.

The rivers affected are as follows:

  • Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster
  • Middle River Eden
  • Rivers Lowther and Eamont
  • Rivers Esk and Irthing
  • Rivers Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck
  • Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent
  • Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water
  • Rivers Wampool and Ellen
  • Upper River Eden
  • River Calder
  • Rivers Kent and Bela
  • Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk
  • Rivers Caldew and Petteril
  • Lower River Eden

Flooding closes A66 in both directions

The A66 is closed in both directions with slow traffic due to flooding between A5086 (Cockermouth Roundabout) and Embleton Road.

Police are currently at the scene directing traffic and are advising motorists to avoid the area if possible.

The closure and flooding is affecting traffic heading between Workington and Keswick.

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