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Residents advised to remain vigilant on flood risk

Councillor Andrew Butcher surveys the flooding on North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston, on Monday
Councillor Andrew Butcher surveys the flooding on North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston, on Monday

[R]esidents have been reminded about the importance of being vigilant after flash-floods hit homes, land and businesses in south Ulverston on Monday.

The warning comes after two councillors described the impact of this week’s flooding at a meeting (24 August) of South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC’s) Cabinet.

Councillor Andrew Butcher, who lives on a farm off North Lonsdale Road in Ulverston, and Councillor Mark Wilson, who represents the Ulverston East ward, both told of the alarm of residents in the area as torrential rain hit.

Councillor Butcher said he’d been working in one of his fields early in the morning when he’d been called back home because of concerns about flooding along North Lonsdale Road and Dragley Beck.

Despite the threat to his own property Councillor Butcher went out to help his neighbours, contacting the Environment Agency to get engineers to the scene, speaking to residents about the use of sandbags and liaising with fire services.

He also visited nearby Siemens to help with arrangements to get their staff away by a safer route avoiding the flooding.

Both Councillor Butcher and Councillor Wilson told the meeting that residents needed information and advice as quickly as possible if there was a flooding risk.

SLDC Chief Executive Lawrence Conway said: “Monday’s flooding shows once again how unpredictable and potentially devastating flooding can be.

“Many parts of the district are still recovering following December’s storms and this week’s incidents show that, even in the middle of summer, flooding can occur very quickly.

“It is therefore important that our communities know how to plan and prepare for the unexpected and know where to turn for information and advice.

“Cumbria County Council is the lead local flood authority and has a useful page on its website ( with links to Environment Agency (EA) flood warnings, how to find out if you’re at risk of flooding and what to do to prepare before, during and after flooding.

“People can also sign up for EA flood alerts and follow the EA and Cumbria County Council’s social media accounts for updates on flood risks.

“Our councillors care deeply about their communities and are always willing to get involved to support their residents and raise their concerns.

“This was very evident during December’s serious flooding that affected much of the district and was again evident in the responses of Councillors Butcher and Wilson during Monday’s incident in South Ulverston.’’

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