Flood waters recede after winds and high tides batter Cumbria

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Media captionResidents in Walney have been campaigning for flood defences for the past eight years.

Water levels have begun to recede after strong winds and high tides battered Cumbria's coastline.

Police said flooding had caused problems across the county with around 20 roads affected during the course of the day.

Officers said some motorists were trying to use flooded routes, causing additional problems for the emergency services.

On the railway, trains between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness were cancelled.

Northern Rail said they were not expected to resume on Friday and added replacement road transport would not be provided for travellers.

Elsewhere, there were reports of people crossing the live railway at Grange because the underpass was flooded.

Kirkby-in-Furness station was under water too.

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Image caption Engineers were called to the rail line at Siddick in west Cumbria

By 16:00 GMT the viaduct area of Workington had reopened as had parts of Whitehaven Harbour.

In Maryport, people were asked to leave the marina after putting themselves at risk by taking photographs.

And people living at West Shore Park on Walney say the wall protecting the park was destroyed by the water, leaving the park vulnerable to further flooding.

Six people were evacuated and fire crews pumped water from the site but no water got inside the buildings.

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