FLOOD EVACUATION WARNING TO KENDAL RESIDENTS
Residents in Kendal living in some areas close to the River Kent may be advised to evacuate their homes as a precaution due to risk of flooding later tonight (Saturday, 14 November).
It is estimated by the Environment Agency (EA) that up to 1000 properties along the river in Kendal could be at risk of flooding.
A map showing affected areas is now on South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC’s) website showing Kendal South and Kendal North: http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/newsroom/flood-evacuation-warnings-issued-to-residents/
Properties in the following postcode areas could potentially be at risk of flooding:
LA9 4AH, LA9 4AY, LA9 4BD, LA9 4BF, LA9 4BW, LA9 4DZ, LA9 4EA, LA9 4ET, LA9 4EU, LA9 4EX, LA9 4LL, LA9 4UB, LA9 5AF, LA9 5AP, LA9 5AS, LA9 5AT, LA9 5AU, LA9 5DJ, LA9 5HF, LA9 5JL, LA9 5JP, LA9 5QH, LA9 5QJ, LA9 5QL, LA9 5QN, LA9 5QQ, LA9 5RA, LA9 5RB, LA9 5TR, LA9 6AA, LA9 6BD, LA9 6BL, LA9 6DE, LA9 6DY, LA9 6EL, LA9 6EN, LA9 6ER, LA9 6ND, LA9 6NG, LA9 6NH, LA9 6NL, LA9 7AA, LA9 7AD, LA9 7AH, LA9 7AN, LA9 7BX, LA9 7BY, LA9 7BZ, LA9 7DB, LA9 7DD, LA9 7DE, LA9 7DN, LA9 7DW, LA9 7ED, LA9 7EF, LA9 7EG, LA9 7EQ, LA9 7LJ, LA9 7LQ, LA9 7LT, LA9 7LU, LA9 7QB, LA9 7SX, LA9 7SY, LA9 7SZ
It is likely that not all properties in these areas will be affected, but the advice is that anyone living in these postcode areas should self-evacuate to alternative premises, possibly family or friends, to be on the safe side.
SLDC is setting up a reception centre at Kendal Town Hall for anyone who has nowhere else to go. The reception centre will be open from 7pm tonight, 14 November.
Currently EA is predicting the height of the flooding will be around midnight.
A multi-agency task force is currently working across Cumbria to mitigate flood risks in areas identified as being most at risk from flooding.
This may include military personnel being deployed to install temporary flood defences to protect vital infrastructure.
Warnings have already been issued about heavy rainfall leading to possible flooding issues in South Lakeland this weekend.
The current weather forecast is suggesting a prolonged period of heavy rain across South Lakeland from this afternoon and throughout the night and during Sunday (14/15 November).
The Met Office is warning that this heavy and prolonged rainfall will be falling on already saturated ground and there is the potential for ‘high impacts from flooding in parts of Cumbria’.
Areas of central Kendal close to the River Kent and some properties at Egremont could be worst hit, but there could also be some flooding in low lying areas across South Lakeland, including Ulverston, and drivers are being warned to avoid making uneccesary journeys this evening because of the risk of dangerous driving conditions on the district’s roads.
The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for this area is Cumbria County Council and the county council is responsible for co-ordinating and managing flooding issues.
For more details and information about the county council’s flooding advice, see: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/emergencyplanning/supportingpages/floodingadvice.asp
You can check if your home is at risk of flooding by checking the Environment Agency (EA) online flood map: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/
You can also sign up for the direct flood warning service operated by EA, called Floodline, on 0845 988 1188.
For flooding advice call the EA hotline on 0345 988 1188.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) does have a limited supply of sandbags, held at its depots at Ulverston, Ecclerigg and Kendal.
If you live in the South Lakeland district and think you may be at risk of flooding these sandbags are available for self-collection from the depots today Saturday, 14 November.
For information updates on any flooding issues in South Lakeland visit the SLDC website: www.southlakeland.gov.uk