Heavy and persistent rainfall is forecast to arrive in Cumbria just before midnight, and is due to continue through Wednesday before clearing by mid-afternoon.
Potentially significant rainfall accumulations are possible over high ground, which will be accompanied by strong winds. River and lake levels are expected to rise from early Wednesday morning and through Wednesday daytime as a result of the forecast rainfall, which could result in localised flooding of low lying land and roads. In anticipation of rising river and lake levels over the coming hours, we will be issuing Flood Alerts for all catchments in Cumbria.
Given the time of year and the strong winds forecast, the risk of blockages on watercourses and drainage systems from falling leaf litter and branches is increased. Environment Agency operational teams have been clearing blockages on watercourses in preparation throughout today. Environment Agency duty officers are monitoring rainfall, river and lake levels closely.
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 at 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