Met Office flood warnings

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2019

THREE flood warnings are in place across east and central Cumbria with Penrith, Appleby and Keswick all at risk.

The Met Office is monitoring the situation with flooding possible and is expecting river and water levels to rise until at least 6pm today.

People are being advised by the agency to be prepared.

The rivers Lowther and Eamont have risen in the Upper Lowther area and Met Office incident response staff have installed defences at Glenridding Beck.

Areas at risk from river levels rising include the southern side of Penrith, Eamont Bridge, Patterdale and other villages around Ullswater as well as Rosgill and Bampton.

The Lodore river gauge has confirmed the water level at Derwentwater, River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck, Watendlath Beck and surrounding tributaries remain at a high risk of flooding until at least 6pm today.

Low lying land at Keswick, Grange, Rosthwaite and Seathwaite are all at risk with the Met Office response staff clearing grids in the area in case the situation gets worse.

River levels are forecast to rise until at least 3pm at the Appleby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

The rise has increased by half a metre since 9am today with high river levels possible on the River Eden, Scandal Beck, Swindale Beck, Crooks Beck, Asby Beck, River Lyvennet, Morland Beck and their tributaries.

A Met Office statement has confirmed that low lying land and roads in the Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Warcop, Great Asby, Great Ormside, Appleby, Bolton, Crosby Ravensworth and Morland areas may be affected.