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Severe weather in the north of the UK today

Appleby and Keswick in Cumbria particularly badly hit

Trouble is its going to rain for another 8 hours up here and then the rain still has to come off the fells into Keswick, Kendal and Cockermouth for a few hours after that. Rainfall records could be broken.

2009 was supposed to be a 1 in a 1000 year event..........

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I hate to tell you this*, but down here in London, it is dry, mildly breezy and mild enough that I have turned the heating off and had the windows open all day.

 

*no I don't.


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Severe weather in the north of the UK today

Appleby and Keswick in Cumbria particularly badly hit

Trouble is its going to rain for another 8 hours up here and then the rain still has to come off the fells into Keswick, Kendal and Cockermouth for a few hours after that. Rainfall records could be broken.

2009 was supposed to be a 1 in a 1000 year event..........

I've seen a video of The Sands in Appleby on the BBC website.  It's looking shocking up there.  I really feel for everyone.

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Dry as a bone in East Yorkshire, thanks for asking.


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River levels are now half a metre above 'unprecedented' 2009 levels. The flood defences constructed in Keswick as a result of 2009 have been breached.

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Mum's house is next to the river Kent in Kendal, garden's flooded already, luckily the house is higher up but its creeping toward them!...eek...

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Was in Kendal this morning just before the roads were impassable. Knowing what was coming for the rest of the day, you could tell it was going to be severe.

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River levels are now half a metre above 'unprecedented' 2009 levels. The flood defences constructed in Keswick as a result of 2009 have been breached.

How high do the authorities build flood defences?  That must be a really difficult question to answer.  From reports on Sky tonight I get the impression that the level of flooding has taken locals by surprise because the rainfall at lower levels wasn't exceptional.  How possible is it to take into account the impact of rain in the fells?  It's a real tough one.  I'm just so sorry that Cumbrians have had to experience this again, and so soon after the last widespread flooding too.  I note that International Rescue are getting involved, which is a sure sign that things have become truly terrible.

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Apparently the new flood defences built in 2009 after "once in a lifetime" flood levels have been breached.


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How high do the authorities build flood defences?  That must be a really difficult question to answer.  From reports on Sky tonight I get the impression that the level of flooding has taken locals by surprise because the rainfall at lower levels wasn't exceptional.  How possible is it to take into account the impact of rain in the fells?  It's a real tough one.  I'm just so sorry that Cumbrians have had to experience this again, and so soon after the last widespread flooding too.  I note that International Rescue are getting involved, which is a sure sign that things have become truly terrible.

That's the point - you could have really heavy rain for a day that is say 50mm - 2 inches. But up on the fells it could be 200mm - and all that has to go downstream.

Plus we've had at least a foot of rain over the past 4 weeks at lower levels, so there's nowhere for the much higher rainfall levels on the fells to drain into as they are already saturated.

Against all that the 7 weeks from the start of September were incredibly dry for this part of the world, such are the swings in weather patterns.

The crucial thing is that some of the water is still 3 - 4 hours behind these levels by the time it filters off the fells. Some will be quicker than 4 hours, some later

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River is now a few inches below bottom floor level of her house, downstairs is kitchen and garage with living room at first floor, needless to say they've shifted everything of worth to the first floor and are camping upstairs....apparently it's never been this high....they're in for a bumpy night

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River is now a few inches below bottom floor level of her house, downstairs is kitchen and garage with living room at first floor, needless to say they've shifted everything of worth to the first floor and are camping upstairs....apparently it's never been this high....they're in for a bumpy night

How awful for your Mum.  Do you think they may be evacuated?

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Hope things are ok Chuffer for your family.

There is a flood relief reception centre in Kendal Town Hall if required (and the leisure centre)

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Someone knocked round earlier saying that the local leisure centre was available for them of needs be....dont think they'll get evacuated but reckon the kitchen, hallway and garage will be pretty wet when they come downstairs in the morning....they're higher up than plenty others in the town who were almost level with the river when its normal, they've all been evacuated hrs ago apparently

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So far from reports I gather that Ambleside, Keswick, Kendal, Appleby and Cockermouth have all been flooded from either river or lake banks being overtopped.  I'm sure there are villages and other residences inbetween that have been similarly affected.  On Sky news tonight the owner of a hotel in Borrowdale was interviewed and the ground floor was filling up with water, something that hasn't happened to the hotel before.  I've also just read reports of flooding in Lancaster, so it's pretty widespread and sounds very, very bad.

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Someone knocked round earlier saying that the local leisure centre was available for them of needs be....dont think they'll get evacuated but reckon the kitchen, hallway and garage will be pretty wet when they come downstairs in the morning....they're higher up than plenty others in the town who were almost level with the river when its normal, they've all been evacuated hrs ago apparently

What a sad situation.  And to think only a few weeks ago we were being told that we had had only a third of the rainfall expected at that time of year.  Our weather has gone crazy in recent years.

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The focus is on Keswick (and undrstandable to some extent as the agencies only have one reporter) but lots of other places area as bad.

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The focus is on Keswick (and undrstandable to some extent as the agencies only have one reporter) but lots of other places area as bad.

I'm not sure reporters can actually get around to be fair.  The Sky News guy couldn't actually get into Appleby for instance earlier in the evening when that was the first town to hit the news. 

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I'm not sure reporters can actually get around to be fair.  The Sky News guy couldn't actually get into Appleby for instance earlier in the evening when that was the first town to hit the news.

The Eden broke its banks at Appleby at 8am (as a local very pertinently answered a Sky reporter), no point going there early evening to be fair

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The Eden broke its banks at Appleby at 8am (as a local very pertinently answered a Sky reporter), no point going there early evening to be fair

Was the sarcasm necessary?

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No sarcasm. Black n white point as expressed by the local bloke. We're direct in Cumbria when the chips are down

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No sarcasm. Black n white point as expressed by the local bloke. We're direct in Cumbria when the chips are down

My bad then.

 

We're direct in Lancashire too, chips down or not!

 

Looks horrendous up there and just getting worse by the sounds of it.  Cumbria have called in the RNLI.  It's unbelievable. 

 

I hope your family are kept safe.

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