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Lambs die in River Derwent flood waters in Cumbria

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Lambs die in River Derwent flood waters in Cumbria

Date of alert:

Friday, 7 October 2022

Crime Ref:

Force:

Cumbria Constabulary

A young farming couple are pleading for help after they lost 58 lambs in a flash flood.

Dan Simpson and Ruby Cappleman of Seatoller Farm, Borrowdale in Cumbria have pleaded their local authorities to help managing the River Derwent near Keswick after a flash flood last week led to the loss of 58 of the couple's ewe lambs.

Dan and Ruby experienced the 'worst day of their lives' on September 30 when unexpected heavy rain caused the fields around their farm to flood.

The water rose to over 1.5 metres deep in just four hours when the River Derwent, which starts at Seathwaite and runs into Derwent Water, burst its banks. Met Office figures show 97.2mm of rain fell at Seathwaite that day.

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Lambs die in River Derwent flood waters in Cumbria
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