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Cumbria on Flood Alert

[P]lease be aware that heavy rain this evening is likely to cause hazardous driving conditions, first in parts of southern Scotland and then across northwest England.

An active weather front will bring a period of heavy rain this evening, coinciding with peak travel.

As a result, surface water and spray is likely to affect road travel.

The conditions may also impact outdoor activities.

The Environment Agency said the rain is forecast to be heavy affecting West Lakes and South Lakes areas.

They have issued Flood Alerts for:

  • Rivers Cocker, Marron & Derwent
  • Rivers Greta, St John’s Beck & Bassenthwaite Lake
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck & Derwentwater
  • Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
  • Rivers Kent & Bela
  • Rivers Brathay, Rothay & Winster
  • Rivers Duddon, Crake & Mill beck

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “We anticipate some flooding impacts to low lying land and roads, however we do not expect flooding to properties from our larger rivers and becks. There is some potential for surface water flooding and minor becks and streams may react.

“The rain will move away in the early hours of the morning (Saturday) leaving Saturday and Sunday reasonably dry and bright.”

For further information on the Flood Alerts in place, how to register for Flood Warnings or to find out how to be prepared for flooding visit www.gov.uk/flood or ring Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

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