Flood alerts issued

Date: Tuesday 12th March 2019

A FLOOD warning and a number of alerts have been issued today for Keswick and the Eden area by the Environment Agency (EA).

The flood warning applied to Keswick campsite and the alerts covered the rivers Lowther and Eamont, near Penrith, the upper River Eden, near Appleby, the River Greta, St John's Beck, Bassenthwaite Lake, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwentwater, all in the Keswick area

Last night and early today saw more significant and concentrated rain moving through and impacting on North Lancashire and the whole of Cumbria.

According to an EA statement, it fell on to already wet catchments and indications were that the rivers would respond, quickly leading to the warnings and alerts being issued.

Rain and river levels are currently being monitored and EA teams are out clearing debris from key locations while working closely with partner agencies.

Matt Crump, EA manager, said: "We are expecting heavy, persistent rain to fall overnight and into tomorrow, falling on already saturated ground.

"Indications show flood warnings may be issued across areas of Cumbria and Lancashire, and we are reminding people to be vigilant, know the risk in their area and respond to flood alerts and warnings."