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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Cumbria on flood alert

Weather-beaten Cumbrians are being warned to brace themselves for the threat of flooding today.

A string of Environment Agency alerts remained in place across the county following heavy rain yesterday.

The most severe threat is at Keswick Campsite, where a flood warning, meaning flooding is expected, still stands.

A number of flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – also affect a string of waterways in the county.

They cover the rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent, Ehen, Calder, Ert and Esk, Greta, St John’s Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake, Lowther and Eamont, Caldew and Petteril, the lower, middle and upper River Eden and the Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwentwater.

A combination of snow, ice and heavy rain caused problems across Cumbria yesterday. High pass roads were closed and delays reported on the A66. All routes were open this morning.

A team of more than 400 engineers from Electricity North West has also restored power to more than 8,100 customers across Cumbria left without power after Wednesday’s storms.

More rain is expected today with wintry showers forecast over the Cumbrian fells tomorrow.

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