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Cumbrian gas supplies are safe but some water and electricity is lost

Reports that Workington has no gas supply are false, says United Utilities, but some areas have lost water and electricity supplies.

The collapse of the Northside Bridge in Workington did not cut off the town’s gas supply as was widely reported, said a United Utilities spokesperson.

The gas pipe that was cut off in the incident was not supplying anything and was capped at one end, she said. Engineers are now capping the other end and the spokesperson said the leaking pipe presents no danger.

However, she said some residents were without electricity. “The flood waters have caused power loss to a number of properties due to submerged electricity sub-stations or damaged overhead lines. Our engineers are working hard to ensure safety and restore supply in these areas where we can gain physical access.”

The properties whose power supply is affected are:

  • 1,677 customers off supply across North Lakes (Wasdale, Buttermere, Oaklands Kirby, Keswick, Cockermouth, Stainburn, Wise House, Thornthwaite, Sunderland)
  • 52 customers off supply across South Lakes (Burrow Bridge, Tatham)
  • 104 customers off supply across Lancashire (Ribbleton area)

United Utilities, which carries out the day-to-day running of the electricity network on Electricity North West’s (ENW) behalf, is also reporting that in Cleator Moor and Cockermouth some properties have no water supply and others are suffering from low pressure.

A spokesperson from United Utilities said: “Our water engineers are continuing to work across flood hit areas of Cumbria, providing support to the Environment Agency, police and local authorities.

“50 properties in Lawton, Cumbria have no water supply at present, due to a bridge collapse caused by flood waters. Engineers are on standby to restore supply by way of an overland temporary pipe, once police give permission to gain access. Alternative drinking water supply vehicles are en route.

“We are also responding to 20 homes suffering from internal sewer flooding in the North Cumbria and Lancashire area.”

A statement said that in Carlisle “the wastewater treatment works has discharged some diluted sewer water, as a nearby river has breached its banks. The result is that a number of commercial properties at the rear of the Willowholme wastewater treatment, Carlisle have been flooded.”

“Considering the circumstances, we have drafted in extra engineers across towns and villages in Cumbria to respond to any incident.”




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