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Other floods are 'higher priority'

The park is a 'less of a risk' than other areas Credit: ITV Border

Other flooded areas have a "higher priority" than the flooded park in Kendal, according to Cumbria County Council.

The council has responded to residents' concerns about the park in Rinkfield by saying that the area is less of a risk than other areas.

The council, which is leading a flood group that is carrying out investigations into the park, is unsure of the source of the water.

"We're not quite sure about where the water is coming from but we are trying to do investigations with what we call the Making Space for Water Group and we've got a series of flooding hotspots to look at.

"We're fortunate as the next six years we are getting funding towards resolving these but there's 262 of them, some have got a higher priority where people are actually being flooded internally on a more regular basis.

"At Rinkfield there is a bund that's holding water away from the properties so there is less of a risk"

– Doug Coyle, Cumbria County Council


Park in Kendal flooded with frozen water

Residents are calling for authorities to prevent their park from flooding Credit: ITV Border

Residents of Rinkfield housing estate in Kendal are calling on the authorities to prevent their park from flooding when it rains.

The problem has become a more serious safety concern as the pool of water is now frozen.

The council says that despite investigation, it can't find the source of the problem

The pool of water has frozen Credit: ITV Border


Galashiels flood scheme opened

Paul Wheelhouse MSP and David Parker join local councillors at the flood defence scheme Credit: ITV Border

A flood defence scheme in Galashiels had been officially opened by Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP and Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker.

The £3.6million project will protect the town centre from flooding from the Gala Water.

Warning: Possible floods in Cumbria

The Environment Agency has issued a series of flood warnings for Costal areas in Cumbria tonight.

The high tide is set to hit the north west coastline in Cumbria, and there's potential for flooding to low lying areas and local roads.

People are advised to take care when driving and avoid walking in coastal areas.

At 4:30pm there were three flood warnings and 12 flood alerts in place along the North West coastline.

North west flood warnings:

  • Silloth to St Bees including Maryport, Flimby, Workington and Whitehaven
  • Gretna to Silloth, areas at risk include properties at Mossband Hall Marsh, Silloth, Burgh Marsh, Port Carlisle, Wampool Estuary, Skinburness Marsh, Skinburness and Rockcliffe
  • Properties along Riverside Drive (and a Caravan Park), Kiln Lane and Wardley's Lane in Hambleton and Briskhouse land south of Cold Row

North west flood alerts:

  • Coast from St Bees Head to Millom
  • Coast from Silloth to St Bees
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