Flood-Hit Cumbria Hit By More Bad Weather

Flood-Hit Cumbria Hit By More Bad Weather

Residents of flood-ravaged Cumbria are being warned to brace themselves for more flooding.

River levels are still high from last weekend's flooding & the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for more rain, & possibly snow.

A spokesman warned it would not take "an dreadful lot of rain" for rivers to overflow, as many did after Storm Desmond.

Sky's Mike McCarthy, in Carlisle, said rain fell throughout the day on Saturday as people continued to pile up ruined furniture & electrical goods outside their homes.

He said: "After midnight the road is going to be closed & volunteers – including the army – will be here to obtain rid of as much flood-damaged rubbish as they can."

Boxer Amir Khan was among volunteers helping residents with the clean-up.

The Bolton sportsman told Sky News: "With what I saw here, it was really bad.

"Houses where they have to take all the furniture out because it's all been flooded. There's hardly anything left on the first floor of all houses.

"They're all living on the second floor of the houses. It's very sad to see that. These people are suffering & they need our help."

Areas likely to be affected this weekend include Carlisle, Keswick, Cockermouth, Appleby, Kendal & Glenridding, along with St Michael's in Lancashire.

Meanwhile, the flooded market town of Keswick is continuing its clean-up after 200 homes were deluged & 600 people were forced to head for temporary accommodation.

But shop owners say Keswick is still open for business, despite the recovery work going on around them.

In Cockermouth, residents opened the Taste Cumbria event on Friday evening with a lantern parade.

Diane Wood, chief executive of Cumbria County Council, said: "I want to be clear that while there's a lot to do, Cumbria is very much up & open for business.

"I have no doubt that with the resilience & resourcefulness of the Cumbria communities we'll emerge from this even stronger."

Source: “Sky News”