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UK weather: More rain for Cumbria village flooded four times in eight weeks as new warnings and flood alerts issued

Severe weather warnings are in place across northern England, Scotland and northern Ireland today as more rain arrives

Lizzie Dearden
Thursday 28 January 2016 09:04 GMT
Glenridding Beck in Cumbria is dredged again to remove boulders and rocks, which were washed down from the fells during previous heavy rain, in order to prevent further flooding.
Glenridding Beck in Cumbria is dredged again to remove boulders and rocks, which were washed down from the fells during previous heavy rain, in order to prevent further flooding. (PA)

A village in Cumbria has been flooded four times in eight weeks after the remnants of Storm Jonas followed Frank, Eva and Desmond to bring yet more devastation.

Glenridding, in the Lake District, was preparing for more torrential rain today as dozens of flood warnings remain in place across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Residents said they felt “devastated, tired and defeated” after the Ullswater burst its banks once again on Tuesday.

The scene of devastation in the Cumbrian village of Glenridding after the beck broke it's banks in December (Getty Images)

Recovery work is continuing as the river is dredged to remove boulders, rocks and other blockages in the hopes of avoiding further flooding.

The Glenridding Hotel shared photos of the damage on Facebook, showing floors several inches deep in water and areas of outside decking partially washed away.

“We are flooding again,” staff wrote. “We are feeling very emotional here as we are receiving the full brunt of the water yet again. Feeling devastated, tired and defeated.”

As it continued to pour, managers said they were listening to Travis’ 1999 song “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?”.

Allan John Brown looks at the damage caused to Glenridding Mini Market after the river in the town in Cumbria burst its banks in December (PA)

The hotel was quick to dismiss the Environment Secretary’s suggestion that businesses and homeowners in the worst-affected areas should face higher council tax to pay for flood defences, saying victims have “suffered enough” already.

Liz Truss said she supported a scheme allowing Somerset authorities to increase levies by 1.25 per cent, amounting to around £15 a year per household, calling it a “very good model”.

Storm Gertrude has arrived

Further downpours are expected today and yellow weather warnings are in place for rain and ice across Cumbria, western and central Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The affected area is extending to Wales on Friday, when warnings for damaging storm-force winds and possible snow come in.

“Another area of low pressure is expected to move quickly east across the Atlantic, bringing another spell of heavy rain to western parts of the UK,” a spokesperson for the Met Office said.

“Be aware of the potential for further localised flooding and disruption to travel.”

Forecasters said rain would spread from the west during Thursday, gradually turning heavier and more persistent.

Western Scotland and northwest England will see the heaviest rain into the early hours of Friday – up to 100mm on higher ground and 60mm elsewhere - while drier conditions are expected by the evening.

There are currently 21 flood warnings and 74 less severe flood alerts in place across England and Wales.

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