Abigail brings flood scare for Egremont

The people of Egremont held their breath as flood waters rose during a weekend of heavy rainfall. Fortunately fears of a repeat of previous devastation failed to materialise over the weekend of November 14 and 15. […]
  • Flooding by the River Ehen on the industrial estate - photo by Robert Haile

The people of Egremont held their breath as flood waters rose during a weekend of heavy rainfall.

Fortunately fears of a repeat of previous devastation failed to materialise over the weekend of November 14 and 15.

West Lakes Academy was opened as an emergency refuge on the Saturday night and a few people decided to stay there. Others took advise to move valuables upstairs and stayed to try to protect their homes.

On the Sunday morning, Egremont 2Day correspondent Colin Cartmell-Browne reported: “It’s not quite as dramatic as the Environmental agency made out it was going to be and, from the few people I spoke to this morning, Egremont has had it much worse in recent years.

“The Ehen has spilt over the path that leads to dog walking field near the Old Bridge allotments and has taken a short cut across the fields near Brownrigg coaches’ depot. In other places it is very high, nearly to the top of the arches of the Old Bridge and near about the same with the bridge near the skate park. It has spilt into a few fields but, from what I could tell, has not flooded any homes yet.”

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland, chair of the multi-agency group, said: “We are pleased that the weather has caused less disruption than first predicted. “We still have a number of areas suffering from localised flooding, however we are now in a position to reassure the public that the risk of severe flooding has dropped significantly.”