Mother and child rescued from Cumbria floods

A woman and her young son were rescued from a car that became stuck in floodwater as heavy rain hit Cumbria.

Fire crews said the vehicle had drifted in waist-high water and become lodged at the ford at Mill Hill in Cleator Moor on Monday afternoon.

The pair were unhurt, but their vehicle could not be salvaged.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said crews had also responded to flash flooding in Loweswater, Windermere, Ravenglass, Millom and Ennerdale.

Forecasters predicted up to 40mm of rain to fall across the county during the day.

Travel delays

A fire and rescue service spokesman said crews had helped to clear floodwaters from the streets of Millom, Windermere and Kendal.

A pub in Ennerdale was also flooded.

Road and rail commuters faced delays, with the A592 closed for a time between Windermere Marina and Newby Bridge. Some vehicles were reportedly stuck near the Hill of Oaks caravan site in Windermere.

Network Rail said flooding had hit train services on the West Coast Main Line and on the line between Lancaster and Carlisle, with a section of track under water at Oxenholme.

Several flood alerts were issued for rivers in the county, including the Lowther, Eden, Calder and Esk, although the Environment Agency said conditions were expected to ease later.

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