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Police say flood warnings aren't overreacting

Kendal and Egremont residents who live near the river are being asked to evacuate their houses as severe weather is expected to hit Cumbria in the early hours of the morning.

The Environment Agency has issued several Flood Warnings.

People who live in these Kendal postcodes should be warned of potential flooding:

LA9 4AH, LA9 4AY, LA9 4BD, LA9 4BF, LA9 4BW, LA9 4DZ, LA9 4EA, LA9 4ET, LA9 4EU, LA9 4EX, LA9 4LL, LA9 4UB, LA9 5AF, LA9 5AP, LA9 5AS, LA9 5AT, LA9 5AU, LA9 5DJ, LA9 5HF, LA9 5JL, LA9 5JP, LA9 5QH, LA9 5QJ, LA9 5QL, LA9 5QN, LA9 5QQ, LA9 5RA, LA9 5RB, LA9 5TR, LA9 6AA, LA9 6BD, LA9 6BL, LA9 6DE, LA9 6DY, LA9 6EL, LA9 6EN, LA9 6ER, LA9 6ND, LA9 6NG, LA9 6NH, LA9 6NL, LA9 7AA, LA9 7AD, LA9 7AH, LA9 7AN, LA9 7BX, LA9 7BY, LA9 7BZ, LA9 7DB, LA9 7DD, LA9 7DE, LA9 7DN, LA9 7DW, LA9 7ED, LA9 7EF, LA9 7EG, LA9 7EQ, LA9 7LJ, LA9 7LQ, LA9 7LT, LA9 7LU, LA9 7QB, LA9 7SX, LA9 7SY, LA9 7SZ

Inspector Paul Latham from Kendal Police spoke to our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson:

Kendal Fire and Rescue have been knocking on people's doors in affected areas urging them to go to an evacuate centre and prepare their home for flooding.

Station Manager Conrad Leather:


Protests expected over fire and rail cuts

The council has proposed closing fire stations. Credit: ITV Border

Opponents of plans to cut fire stations and axe rail jobs in Cumbria are expected to stage protests in Kendal today.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union and the RMT rail union are set to gather outside Cumbria County Council's full council meeting, to object to proposals to close five fire stations and cut train guard posts.

Police name man found dead in River Kent

The car was found the following day. Credit: ITV Border

Police have identified the body that was found in the River Kent yesterday as Charles Maurice Mercer, aged 86, of Cartmel, Grange Over Sands.

At approximately 3.45pm on Monday 9th November, on Aynam Road in Kendal, his green Suzuki Jimny left the road, mounted the kerb and collided through barriers into the River Kent.

The river was swollen and fast flowing following heavy rainfall and his vehicle was swept downstream.

The vehicle was submerged and despite an extensive multi-agency search, Mr Mercer and his vehicle could not be located that night.

His vehicle was sighted downstream in the river the next morning, off Natland Road, and the body of Mr Mercer was discovered a short time later a further distance downstream, near Scrogg’s Wood.

Body of local man in his 80s found in River Kent

The roof of a car submerged in the River Kent Credit: ITV Border

A body has been found by police and fire and rescue crews searching for a man believed to have crashed into the river Kent in Kendal.

Cumbria police was called to Aynam Road just before 4pm yesterday after reports an elderly gentleman had been seen trying to get out of his car as it floated down the river.

A runner described seeing a "well dressed elderly man" trying to get out of his car as it was swept downstream. It is believed he managed to get out of the car but told witnesses he couldn't hang on any longer.

The man's car was found as the river level dropped this morning and then a member of the public reported seeing a body entangled in tree branches near Scroggs Wood in Helsington, around a mile further south.

He has been identified as a local man in his 80s. Next of kin have been informed but his identity has not been released. He is not from Kendal.

Police divers are now working to recover the vehicle and investigate how the car left the road.


Search for driver continues along Kent river

The top of the car was visible in the River Kent yesterday Credit: ITV Border

Police are continuing to make enquiries to locate and identify the driver of the vehicle that entered the River Kent yesterday afternoon.

Officers are searching the river this morning and are being supported by the Coastguard, Fire Service, and the North West Underwater Search team.

A vehicle has been sighted in the river this morning but the river levels are still high. Police are urging members of the public not to go to the scene and not to take part in any search of the river bank due to the extreme dangers.

The incident has also led to some traffic disruption in the area and in the town centre.

Emergency services search River Kent for missing man

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Emergency services have launched a major search operation on Kendal's River Kent after a man and his car were reported to be in the water.

Police, firefighters, ambulance crew and mountain rescue team members are currently scouring the river bank for the man who remains unaccounted for.

Police were alerted to the incident and called to Aynam Road in Kendal shortly before 4pm.

Emergency services called to reports of car in River Kent

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Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident at the River Kent in Kendal.

Police were called at 3:50pm to Aynam Road following reports a car had left the road and ended up in the river.

Emergency services are working to establish if anyone is in the water.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Any witnesses are asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and quote log number 117.

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