Flood warnings as river levels rise


A number of flood warnings are in place after heavy rain

Temporary flood defences are being put up in a bid to protect communities as river levels rise following heavy rainfall in parts of northern England.

Householders braced themselves as the Environment Agency issued 14 flood alerts in Cumbria and said they were monitoring the situation in low-lying areas across the North West.

Two flood warnings were given – one for Appleby and one for the Keswick Campsite.

According to the Environment Agency, a flood warning means flooding is expected and that immediate reaction is required. A flood alert indicates flooding is possible and advises residents to be prepared for such an eventuality.

A spokesman for the agency said: “We have put up temporary flood defences in Appleby on the River Eden. There has been heavy rainfall from early this morning (Saturday) and it will continue through to Sunday morning.

“Some bands of heavy rain are coming through so we are closely watching Appleby.”

The Environment Agency said the rainfall could lead to the flooding of some properties, roads and land in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Staff from the agency have been removing debris from the rivers in a bid to prevent blockages that could cause flooding.

The spokesman said the aim is to make sure everyone in the affected areas “is as prepared as possible”.

He added: “If you live in Cumbria we would urge people to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flood situation in your area and sign-up for free flood warnings. While those living in Appleby, Kendal, Burnside and Keswick should tune into their local radio stations, ensure important documents are in a safe place and check their flood plans.”

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