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Heavy rain affects roads in Cumbria

Cumbria Police are warning motorists to only drive if necessary after heavy rain left many roads with standing water.

Officers say that many roads have been affected and the A66 is closed between Stainton and Penrith Road in Keswick due to fallen debris and water.

There was no major flooding last night in Kendal and Egremont - the areas most likely to be affected by the remnants of tropical storm Kate.

The Environment Agency says that five severe flood warnings remain in place for Kendal and six for Egremont.

People living in flood risk areas are still being advised to leave their homes as more rain is expected later today.

Relief centres remain open at Kendal Town Hall and West Lakes Academy in Egremont.

Many of the county's roads, including the A66 at Threlkeld, have minor road surface flooding. Our advice is to drive only if necessary today as it is expected, that with further deteriorating weather conditions, more roads will be affected with an increasing severity.

If you must drive please do so with extreme care. Motorists should not drive through any flood water of which they cannot judge the depth. Also a concern is the spray coming from the roads which decreases a driver's visibility.

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley, Cumbria Police

Flood alerts in place for Cumbria

Water pumps have been dispatched to Cumbria. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency is warning people in Cumbria to take care this weekend, as there are flood alerts in place.

Two 24ft (7.3m) long, high-volume water pumps have been dispatched to Cumbria, which are capable of pumping 120,000 cubic litres of flood water a minute - the equivalent of more than 30 Wembley Stadiums.

The Environment Agency is also urging people to check for flood risks, and not to drive through flood water, warning that 1ft (30cm) of water is enough to move a car.

There are two flood warnings in place - at Keswick Campsite in Cumbria, and at Aberystwyth in West Wales - and 23 flood alerts, where flooding is possible, with the EA saying it will issue flood warnings where necessary.

The following flood alerts are in place in Cumbria:

  • Rivers Eamont and Lowther to their confluence with the River Eden at Langwathby
  • Lower Derwent from Bassenthwaite Lake to the coast at Workington. The Cocker from Crummock Water to Cockermouth. The River Marron from Ullock to its confluence with the Derwent near Bridgefoot
  • The Upper Derwent from Seathwaite to Derwent Water
  • Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster


Two flood warnings for Cumbria

There are currently two flood warnings in place for Cumbria.

The River Eden at Carlisle, and the Keswick Campsite are both at high risk of flooding.

The Environment Agency say that low lying roads, car parks, residential and commercial properties are most at risk along the River Eden.

At the Keswick Campsite the levels of Derwentwater are expected to rise as a result of persistent wind and rain.

It's likely to remain high with the flood warning in place for several days into the New Year.