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Roads blocked as trees cause obstructions on Cumbria’s roads – News & Star

Last updated at 18:42, Sunday, 08 November 2015

ABOUT 22 flood alerts are in force for rivers in Cumbria after two days of heavy rain.

And police say trees are falling tonight in the high winds, blocking roads like the A596 at Wigton and High Lorton, near Cockermouth.

High winds are affecting drivers on the M6 north and south with debris in the road, especially around roadworks.

Drivers are being warned to be vigilant, keep speeds low and be prepared for crosswinds.

The following roads are particularly affected:

B5322 – St John’s in the Vale area (between A66 – A591) – surface water flooding
Castle Gardens area at Workington – surface water flooding
A594 at Dovenby – surface water flooding
A66 Penrith to Scotch Corner – affected by high winds – two HGVs incidents due to strong winds – Matrix signs “Advisory for HGV”
A5086 Cockermouth to Egremont
A596 at Wigton – trees are blocking the road

High Lorton, Cockermouth – trees have fallen, also blocking the road

One reader says the B5305 Wigton to Penrith road is completely impassable at the bridge over Peel Gill. A car is stranded there.

The Environment Agency has issued alerts for the rivers Caldew and Petteril in Carlisle,  Lowther and Eamont, near Penrith, the Upper River Eden and the rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk in west Cumbria and the Greta, St John’s Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Alerts are also in force for some rivers in the south of the county.

Winds are expected to batter the eastern part of Cumbria tomorrow.

The Met Office says gusts ranging from between 50-70mph will batter the county between 5am and 1pm.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “That should be sufficient to bring down most of any remaining leaves, but of more concern would be any larger branches, or weaker trees, along with the effects on high sided vehicles on trans-Pennine routes.”

The accumulation of rain on the ground over the last few days, means that today’s rainfall may well cause some impacts for some of the hillier parts of northern England and river systems downstream.

The unsettled and often windy weather looks set to continue well into next week.

First published at 17:39, Sunday, 08 November 2015
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