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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Cumbrian flood warning in place

Two flood warnings were in place in Cumbria today.

Both warnings – meaning flooding is likely – centred on the Keswick area.
The first was for Keswick Campsite, where an alert has been in place throughout the weekend and remains in place with more wet and windy weather expected this morning.
The Environment Agency said: “This rain is likely to result in the level of Derwentwater rising above the level of the last few days and it is likely to remain high with the flood warning in place for several days into the New Year.”
Its second warning was for the River Greta at Keswick, near the rugby club, Greta Side, Keswick School sports field and the town’s showfield, although water levels there were expected to subside throughout this morning.
A string of flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – were also in place throughout the county.
They covered the River Eden, River Greta, St John’s Beck and Bassenthwaite, Rivers Lowther and Eamont, Upper River Derwent and Stonethwaite Beck, Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster and the River Kent.
The wet and windy weather seen in Cumbria over the weekend was forecast to continue this morning, but ease a little as the day progresses. Tonight, showers will persist, especially in the west and be wintry over hills. Some dry, clear spells between the showers will allow temperatures to drop low enough for a patchy frost.
Tomorrow is expected to be bright, breezy and feeling colder with scattered showers, again wintry over higher ground.
Nationally, the Environment Agency has 202 flood alerts and 86 flood warnings in place.
They follow hundreds of other alerts issued this month, as several days’ worth of rain fell in a few hours at its worst, contributing to a year of bad weather which has left the UK on the brink of its wettest since records began in 1910.
Last night, 26mm of rain fell at Shap. Winds are being forecast to hit 50mph in the north and west of the UK.

 

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