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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Cumbrians on Boxing Day flood alert

Parts of Cumbria remain vulnerable to the threat of flooding today.

The Environment Agency has issued a string of alerts for waters rising in the north and west of the county.

They remain in place as people wait for waters to drop following heavy pre-Christmas rain and winds.

But there's a warning of more rain to come.

The most at-risk area currently is Keswick Campsite.

A flood warning - meaning flooding is expected and people should take immediate action to protect their property - is in place there.

That's because of the risk of water spilling over from nearby Bassenthwaite lake.

Elsewhere, flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible - are in place in a number of areas.

They are:

  • Lower River Eden - from where it meets the River Irthing through Crosby-on-Eden and Carlisle to the Solway Firth at Rockcliffe.
  • Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake - covering the River Derwent from Keswick to Bassenthwaite.
  • Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent - from the Lower Derwent from Bassenthwaite to the coast at Workington, The Cocker from Crummock Water to Cockermouth and the River Marron from Ullock to its confluence with the Derwent near Bridgefoot.
  • Rivers Lowther and Eamont to where they meet the River Eden at Langwathby.
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water.

Forecasters expect today to be mainly dry, but predict wind and more heavy rain into tonight.



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