Divers have discovered major structural damage to a bridge in Burneside, following high water levels during ex Storm Ophelia.
Ford Bridge was closed earlier this week ahead of the storm and now the extent of underwater damage to its supporting piers has been revealed in an underwater video.
The last inspection in August this year showed only minor scouring around the piers.
But now there's significant deterioration on the bases beneath the two supporting piers, resulting in the immediate closure of the bridge to all users.
The dive team is scheduled to reenter the water on Thursday to carry out protection work.
All options are being assessed to determine whether an alternative approach to repair is possible and cost effective, with a full replacement of the current structure still planned for summer 2018.