Firstly, we would like to express our condolences to the family of the local police officer Pc Bill Barker who died tragically and heroically trying to save others during the flooding.
Secondly, we have been informed that there are no bus services running into or out of Keswick at the moment.
The waters are receding now but the town is not back to normal as the switching on of the lights which should have been tonight has been cancelled along with the Food Fayre. Also not all Keswick shops are open as many of the shop assistants do not live in Keswick but West Cumbria and cannot get to work. (The local butcher told me today he had to take a wide northern detour to avoid the closed roads.)
It looks like some guest houses will be taking in some of the many people whose homes have been flooded and they may not have enough accommodation for all so the advise if you intend to come to Keswick is to check first with your intended provider. My advise would be to not come at all, but to leave the locals to recover from what has been a traumatic experience. The fells are sodden so no joy is to be had there and the town is not back to normal yet. Also major traffic disruptions are still unavoidable, so think before you commit to a holiday because you might not enjoy it.
Basically, please take care if you do come, the locals have been hit hard and this is a tragedy of major proportions for Cumbria.
Pete and Bella Guiding in 2019
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