Police commend hard work from partner and voluntary agencies

By Rachael Grealish

Police have commened the partner and voluntary agencies that have worked tirelessly over the past 24 hours to keep people safe following flooding across Cumbria.

Cockermouth mountain rescue team in Cockermouth

Cockermouth mountain rescue team in Cockermouth

Areas such as Cockermouth, Kendal, Keswick, Windermere and Workington have suffered from localised flooding and the county’s road network has been severely disrupted as numerous roads have been closed due to large volumes of surface water.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Andy Towler said: “Partner agencies have worked together tirelessly over the past 24 hours in order to take precautionary and reactive action in order to keep the people of Cumbria safe from the effects of Storm Desmond which has presented numerous challenges across the county.

“I would like to commend the emergency service staff and staff from the relevant partner and voluntary agencies who have worked long hours with the sole intention of ensuring public safety. I’d also like to thank the public for their patience and remind them of some of our key messages.”

The strategic coordination group has worked throughout the night to prepare for potential flooding in Carlisle where river levels are expected to peak this morning.

River levels in other parts of the county have already peaked and are beginning to recede. Extensive work is being conducted to secure the power stations in Carlisle.

Mr Towler said: “Carlisle is our main area of concern now and we are doing everything we can to ensure we limit the effects of flooding in that area. The strategic coordination group will continue to work throughout Sunday in order to ensure public safety.”

Just one example of the great work conducted during the night was at Eamont Bridge where 150 people were rescued by the Coastguard after a static residential caravan park was heavily flooded.

The multi-agency operation has ensured that residents have been taken to a higher vantage point to ensure their safety.

 

He added: “The county’s roads of particular concern so please do not drive unless absolutely necessary and please stay clear, where possible, of flood water.”