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The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Eden at Carlisle, and Keswick Campsite
This means that flooding is 'expected' at Rickerby Park, Swifts and Stoneyholme Golf Courses in Carlisle.
You can find updated information here from the Environment Agency.
There are also a further twelve flood alerts in place throughout the county.
Carlisle City Council has released the following information for the residents of Carlisle affected by the floods:
- Greystone Community Centre is no longer a reception centre.
- Temporary accommodation has been provided to all those who have asked for support.
- Greystone reopened as a Community Centre from 8am today and will continue to provide food, shelter, supplies and advice to the community. They will provide food until 8pm each day and will extend their opening hours until 9pm
- Skips are in the process of being delivered to flood affected areas in Carlisle. They are being provided by Carlisle City Council to support residents. The skips will be located in the flood affected areas. Steps are also been taken to assess the need in rural areas of Carlisle. Staff from the City Council will ensure that the skips are emptied and moved to alternate locations dependent on demand. They will also support with help clearing the items, subject to the householders permission. A deep clean has also been undertaken of some flood affected areas. This work is ongoing.
- To support local retailers, the Christmas Fayre will go ahead as planned this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in the city centre. It's free event and is open to all.
- All our car parks have reopened, however Lowther Street is currently being used as part for vehicles involved in flood recovery work.
- We have received and are continuing to receive large number of donations and we are seeking to organise and distribute these as soon as possible. One central drop off and pick up point for donations for flood affected residents is now available at the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus (sports hall). This is open 7 days a week: (10-5 Monday to Friday; and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday). Please note that these opening times are subject to change. Confirmation of times is expected soon. The address is as follows: University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH. No other previous drop off points are operating.
- Replacement gull-proof sacks, free boxes and plastic & card sacks will be available for flood affected residents from the University of Cumbria Fusehill Street campus (sports hall) from today.
North-West Labour MEP Theresa Griffin has called on the government to apply for European Union Solidarity Funding to help communities hit by flooding. The funding is available to help pay for the clear up after serious natural disasters.
Carlisle MP John Stevenson is meeting the city council leader Colin Glover to discuss a recovery programme following the flooding.
Mr Stevenson has spent the last few days speaking to businesses affected and says he wants to know what assistance will be provided to people across the County.
Carlisle United's goalkeeper was bemused to find his car had succumbed to the flooding caused by Storm Desmond.
Dan Hanford was unable to rescue his car from Brunton Park, where he had been training with Carlisle United.
After the flood waters had finally receded, he was shocked to discover a fully sized biffa bin stuck on the roof of his previously white car.
A bartender from Glenridding took the dramatic footage as a deluge began filling the pub he worked in.
See the footage below:
The University of Cumbria has announced it will open its sports hall as a relief centre to support Greystone Community Centre.
From 6pm tonight, the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus sports hall in Carlisle will become an emergency drop-off and distribution centre.
A spokesperson said:
Carlisle United have suspended tickets sales at Brunton Park in the wake of Storm Desmond. The stadium suffered heavy flooding at the weekend. Ticket sales for both home and away fixtures have been suspended.
The club said:
There are currently three reception centres open across Cumbria to support residents who have been affected by flooding.
Latest on reception centres Carlisle
- Greystone Community Centre, Close Street, CA1 2HA. is open
- Richard Rose Morton Academy, Wigton Road, CA2 6LB. is open
- Kendal Town Hall, Highgate, LA9 4DL. is open
If you decide to self-evacuate, please inform your family and friends where you are going, and that you are safe, to avoid concerned relatives contacting emergency services.
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