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Cumbria Highways staff working flat out to clear roads of storm debris

A fallen tree at Low Moresby, near Whitehaven

Highways teams from Cumbria County Council are working flat out today to clear fallen trees and debris from roads throughout the county as a result of Storm Ali.

The hardest-hit areas of the county have been Carlisle and along the west coast of the county.

Workmen clearing a fallen tree on Farish Close in Brampton (Paul Grindley)

With a yellow weather warning for rain in place for Cumbria on Thursday morning, people are being advised to avoid making non-essential journeys during the current severe weather conditions. If you do need to travel, please drive with extreme caution and allow extra time for your journey.

Kirkoswald nr Penrith

Highways staff have been working tirelessly throughout the day at multiple locations throughout Cumbria to remove debris and fallen trees blown down in the storms. They are dealing with more than 100 incidents, including:


  • Over 20 separate locations
  • Two road closures due to fallen trees


  • Two road closures – one due to a tree fallen against the TA Centre on Holker Street, and the other due to danger presented by falling slates.Carlisle
  • 37 separate locations being attended to.


  • Over 20 separate locations being attended to.South Lakeland
  • Over 15 separate locations, mainly in the west of the area.

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