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Flooding closes roads and schools

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Image caption The village of Blennerhasset has seen flooding with its school also closed

Several schools and roads around Cumbria have been closed and train services disrupted because of flooding.

The Environment Agency issued 19 flood alerts and eight flood warnings and a Met Office yellow weather rain warning was in place for most of the day.

The Borrowdale area was one of the worst affected, with two bridges forced to close.

Northern Rail said lines were blocked due to floods between Carlisle and Maryport causing major disruption.

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Eight schools were forced to shut due to impassable roads. They were:

  • Blennerhasset
  • Borrowdale Primary School
  • Bridekirk Dovenby Primary School
  • Ireby School
  • Oughterside Primary School
  • Richmond Hill School
  • St Michael’s Primary School
  • Beacon Hill Community School

Egremont Bridge in Egremont and Forge Bridge in Eskdale were both closed.

The A595 had been closed at Bothel but has now reopened.

Image copyright Gary Macrae
Image caption Borrowdale has been the worst hit by flooding

Gary Macrae, from the Hazel Bank Country House Hotel in Borrowdale, said the rain was affecting their guests and deliveries.

He told BBC Cumbria: “We have a house full of guests who can’t move backwards or forwards – they can’t get into Keswick via Honister or via the main Borrowdale Road into Keswick, which is a bit of a nuisance.

“Plus our deliveries aren’t going to be getting to us today either.”

South Lakeland District Council said sandbags were being made available at its depots in Ulverston, Ecclerigg and Kendal.

Image copyright Gary Macrae
Image caption People are unable to get in and out of Borrowdale

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-41582974

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