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Posted on 13:24:00 on 16th December 2018

Police reported a high volume of calls for service as storm Deirdre hit Cumbria yesterday afternoon into the evening. Disruption was caused across Cumbria’s roads, paths and fells, but no major incidents or “pile-ups” were reported.


Police were called to a number of road traffic collisions where the weather was a contributing factor.  Thirteen collisions were reported across the north, south and west of the county in a short space of time, but there were no reports of serious injuries.


The A66 was closed between Penrith and Bowes during the afternoon into the evening. The stretch between Brough and Bowes remained closed until this morning. This was due to a number of road traffic collisions as a result of the hazardous conditions on the road.


The M6 between J38 and J42 had a temporary 30mph speed restriction in place, in both directions.  


At least 7 trees came down onto roads across the county. Debris also caused issues. Police and partner agencies worked to clear the carriageways.


Superintendent Justin Bibby said:


“It was an incredibly busy afternoon and evening yesterday, with roads, paths and fells badly affected by Storm Deirdre.


“Yesterday saw our Police Officers, and our partner agency colleagues working tirelessly to keep Cumbria moving.”


“I would like to thank the media agencies for their support in getting the ‘warn and inform’ message out so efficiently on Friday and Saturday. Getting the message out on so many channels kept the public well informed,  the vast majority of whom took heed and used caution.


“The support from the public was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding throughout the disruption.


“It is testament to everyone’s hard work that there were no serious injuries reported across the county.” 


“As the cold weather continues remember to drive to the road conditions and make sure your car is prepped for winter.”

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