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Cumbria weather warning

The Environment Agency is warning that high winds, rain and tidal surges could cause disruption in Cumbria today and over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued ‘yellow alerts’ for rain and wind from today through to Sunday. Heavy rain is forecast, with the possibility of snow over higher ground.

Strong winds are also expected over Saturday and Sunday which, combined with high tides, could lead to coastal flooding caused by large waves and spray.

Heavy rain on already saturated ground will also heighten the risk of river and surface water flooding across the region.

New flood defences

Environment Agency 's campaign to reduce impact of flooding Credit: PA

Homes in Cheshire that are liable to flooding are being offered more protection from today. The Environment Agency will be in Warrington this afternoon building new flood defences for the area.


Environment Agency: Companies will bear cost of clean up

Officers from the Environment Agency and Hyndburn Borough Council will be onsite to monitor the removal of the waste and the work to eradicate the infestation of flies.

We understand that this issue has been distressing for the local residents and business. However, we wish to ask the local residents to remain patient while the waste is removed.

The Environment Agency will always seek to get the company or individual involved to organise clean up. We don’t feel it is appropriate to use taxpayers' money to pay for removal and clean up of illegal waste sites.

– Steve Molyneux, Environment Manager for the Environment Agency in Lancashire


Flies infest town in Lancashire

Pictures of waste in the town of Oswaldtwistle

The Environment Agency is advising people who may have been bitten by flies in Oswaldtwistle to seek medical attention.

The Lancashire town has been overwhelmed by a large numbers of flies attracted by thousands of tons of waste, which appears to be dumped illegally.

Residents are calling it an environmental disaster and say it's causing serious problems for people living in parts of the town.

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