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Floods warning for Cumbria's coast

The Environment Agency has warned of the potential for flooding along the Solway coast from Gretna to Silloth this afternoon.

The high tide is expected to peak between 1pm and 3pm today with areas around Port Carlisle likely to be most affected.

It is possible that some roads and properties may be flooded.

The warning is a 'flood alert' - the lowest grade that the agency issues.

Environment Agency says officers are on the ground ensuring defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and wind directions. Some flooding is also possible at 2am on Sunday morning.

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Kendal footbridge closed after flood damage found

Dockray Bridge Credit: ITV Border

A decision has been taken by Cumbria County Council to close Dockray Footbridge in Kendal, following further inspections.

Work is underway to repair damage thought to have been caused by the widespread flooding in December.

No major damage was found after initial inspections were made, however the council say that they've since found a significant scour at the base of the bridge.

The Dockray Footbridge is expected to remain closed until the end of next week Credit: ITV Border

“Dockray Footbridge was inspected immediately following the December floods. This was a visual and underwater inspection, at that time river levels were high and results showed no evidence of significant damage.

"Since then and as water levels have continued to drop the county council has conducted a programme of re-inspection.”

– CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL

The council hope that the bridge will be open by the end of next week but say it could take longer depending on river levels.

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