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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Floods causing disruption on roads and rail in Cumbria

The persistent heavy rain is causing problems on some roads and rail services in Cumbria.

Drivers have been warned to take care due to flooding on some roads.

The A594 at Dovenby, Trumpet Road in Cleator Moor and Loop Road in Whitehaven have all been reported to have varying levels of standing water.

No roads have been closed but police are advising motorists to drive to the conditions in a bid to prevent accidents.

Drivers should allow extra time for their journey, slow down and not attempt to drive through floodwater.

In addition, no trains are expected to run between Lockerbie and Carlisle until about 3pm.

Flooding at Lockerbie is causing disruption to services on the line, says Virgin Trains.

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk.

The last 24 hours have seen heavy rainfall in the Egremont area and the Ehen is now rising.

The main area of concern is the Egremont area where levels suggest there may be flooding to low lying land and roads.

The prediction is for heavy rain until midday followed by lighter rain this afternoon and evening.

The agency is monitoring the river's levels.

Flood alerts are also in place on the River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water and the rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster.

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