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Drivers warned as weather worsens

Police are warning motorists to drive more carefully as the road conditions continue to deteriorate with heavy rain falling across West Cumbria.

A number of roads across the region have standing water on them - including the A594 at Dovenby, Trumpet Road in Cleator Moor and Loop Road in Whitehaven.

Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for their journey, to slow down and not to attempt to drive through flooded roads.

Flood alerts has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk.

The main area of concern in West Cumbria is the Egremont area where levels suggest there may be flooding to low lying land and roads.

The weather outlook is for further heavy rain until midday followed by lighter rain into the afternoon and evening.

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