Carlisle affected by severe flooding

Warwick Road and Rickergate all affected with serious flooding, with Caldewgate, Shaddongate and Willowholme also hit by rising waters as the town's flood defences overflow.

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Further flood warnings issued for parts of Cumbria

The flood warnings are highlighted in red, whereas flood alerts are highlighted in orange Credit: Environment Agency

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 update: Reception centres, shelter, skips, and car park information

Credit: Carlisle City Council

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.

Labour MEP pressures Government to apply for European flood relief funding

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.

The Government has no right to be reluctant to apply for funding. When there was funding in the south-west Cameron said that money was no object i want EU funds to come to Cumbria now to help our local communities.

– Labour MEP Theresa Griffin

Carlisle MP and City Council Leader are meeting to discuss recovery programme

John Stevenson Credit: ITV Border

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.

There is a knock on effect to businesses because a lot of them have been displaced they've had to look for alternative premises we want to get them back up and running as soon as possible because that's very important for the economy of Carlisle.

– John Stevenson MP

Storm Desmond dumps biffa bin on roof of Carlisle United player's BMW

Carlisle United footballer Dan Hanford stands beside his BMW Credit: PA

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.


University of Cumbria Sports Hall to be opened for donations and distributions

Some residents in Carlisle are in need of donations and supplies Credit: PA

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:

Members of the public will be able to drop-off donations to the Fusehill Street sports hall from 9am to 10pm every day (including weekends) until the facilities are no longer required. Shower facilities at the sports hall are also available for displaced residents to use from 9am-5pm every day as long as they are required.

The new drop-off and distribution centre will be manned by volunteers from the Greystone Community Centre and the university’s estates team have pulled out all the stops to get the hall ready in time.

The university has made these facilities available in response to Greystone Community Centre requiring more space for displaced residents to stay at its premises. The university will provide storage for donations which are still very much needed for residents affected by the floods of this weekend.

– University of Cumbria Spokesperson

Carlisle United suspend all ticket sales for flooded Brunton Park

Brunton Park Credit: ITV Border

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:

As things stand, we have suspended ticket and hospitality sales for home and away fixtures - please bear with us as we put new procedures in place, in conjunction with the Football League and the clubs we are scheduled to play.

We would like to thank everyone for the patience they have shown with the football club today as we begin the process of assessing the aftermath of this weekend's flood event.

– Carlisle United Football Club

Police keep open three evacuation centres in Carlisle and Kendal

The two Carlisle reception centres open today Credit: ITV Border

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 is a reception area for Kendal Credit: ITV Border


  • 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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