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Monday, 30 March 2015

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Flood alerts remain in force across Cumbria after heavy rain

Flood alerts remain in force across Cumbria today despite an easing off of the heavy rain and strong winds.

Cumbria Police have confirmed that the A66 transpennine route from Penrith to Scotch Corner - closed earlier today to high-sided vehicles because of the strong winds - now has no restrictions.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is maintaining a flood warning for Keswick Campsite, next to Derwent Water.

There are currently no reports of flooding.

A  spokeswoman confirmed that alerts - which mean that people should be prepared for possible flooding  - have now been issued for every major river system in Cumbria, including all sections of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril, all in the north of the county, and for the rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent in west Cumbria.

The spokeswoman added: "We have no reports of flooding but we have issued alerts for all 14 river areas in Cumbria.

"At this stage, we are not expecting any flooding of properties or land, but the alerts meant people should be prepared and they should be alert and be aware of what's happening."

The Environment Agency's website will be updated during the day, she said.

Alerts are currently issued for Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water, and for the following rivers: The Caldew, Wampool, Ellen, Lowther, Eamont, Kent, Bela, Greta, Irthing, Esk, Ehen, Calder, Irt, Esk, Duddon, Derwent, St John's Beck, Duddon, Craik, and Mill Beck. An alert is also in place for Bassenthwaite Lake,

Heavy rain swept into Cumbria in the early hours of early today, and the Met Office warned that as much as 4 inches could fall in some parts of the county over the weekend.


Especially heavy outbreaks were expected across fells, and in some parts of Cumbria the rain was not expected to to ease until the early part of Monday.

"It's the first very heavy rainfall we've had this winter," said a Med Office spokesman.


For up to date information on current flood warnings in Cumbria copy the following link into our computer's internet browserhttp://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?page=1&type=Region&term=Northwest&from=fl 


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