Heavy rain today has caused some rivers across Cumbria to rise. Although we are currently experiencing a clear spell, the rain will move back into Cumbria later this evening and will continue to be heavy and persistent throughout tomorrow.
River levels will again respond from the early hours, therefore we have issued Flood Alerts for the following rivers as flooding to low lying land and roads is possible:-
Rivers Caldew and Petteril
Rivers Ehen, Calder Irt and Esk
Derwent Water Lake
Rivers Kent and Bela
We have also issued tidal alerts for tonight’s tide for the Coastline between Gretna to Silloth and North Morecambe Bay. Locations likely to be affected are low lying areas at Port Carlisle and Sandside.
Our incident room is open and we will be monitoring river levels overnight and throughout tomorrow. Our operational teams will work throughout the night to ensure any blockages are identified and removed from smaller watercourses and any flood defences that need operated are done so.
Be flood ready. It is important that you are prepared for flooding and we encourage you to take 3 simple steps:-
- Sign up to Flood Warning Service to receive free flood warnings
- Know what to do when a flood warning is issued. We encourage you have a personal flood plan for you and your family
- Keep an eye on the situation. You can view a 5 day weather forecast and monitor river levels online at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/ and www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/
Further information is available on our website www.gov.uk/flood or by ringing Floodline on 0345 988 1188.