December the 6th 2015 saw the worst floods in living memory, more houses than ever before were flooded. The ancient bridge has been badly damaged, one of the piers being severally undermined, efforts to make repairs are underway.
Tanya Tinkler who co-ordinated supplies
devastation at Southwaite Green mill the river at its height
below is the report from C/W Herald
In November 2009 Eamont bridge was badly affected by flooding, members of Penrith and Patterdale mountain rescue team and 15 or so RNLI personnel from St.Asaph North Wales were in action to help stranded residents, also on the scene were members of the Cumbria fire and rescue team and several police officers. RSPCA officers also visited the village to check on the safety of animals in the vicinity. Some of the villagers on Skirsgill lane were rescued from their homes by boat as they were flooded to a depth of 3-4 foot.
In the photo to the right are Lyndi Jones and Joe Pester who left their home which was waist deep in water.
A 7 week old baby was rescued from a house on Skirsgill lane, Rosa and her parents Heidi and Trevor Ware were all rescued from their home by the mountain rescue service by boat, they were taken to the Leisure centre at Penrith which was being used as an evacuation centre.
Article from the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald
Injured fire fighters being treated at Jubilee house in the village went to the aid of residents inside flood threatened bungalows on site. Several people were ferried to safety in a small dinghy and stayed at the centre overnight, one couple decided to stay in their home. Staff and the fire fighters sandbagged the premises but most of the properties were flooded.
Photos from 2005 flood