The Met Office have today confirmed that this December has been the wettest on record for Cumbria since records began in 1910.
In addition to Cumbria’s existing flood defences, the Environment Agency has transported over two kilometres of temporary flood barriers and more than 20 extra pumps to the north of England.
Four of these are high volume pumps capable of moving 1,000 litres of water per second (one metric tonne, or 219 gallons of water per second).
The Environment Agency is also checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses and monitoring water levels. It will issue flood warnings where necessary.
Since the 1st of December, many areas in Cumbria have experienced more than two and a half times their expected monthly rainfall. The wettest December on record for Cumbria follows the county’s second wettest November on record.
- At Keswick, 472mm of rain have fallen since December 1st, the long term monthly average for December is 173mm.
- At Shap, 677mm has fallen compared with its long term monthly average for December of 215.6mm.
- On Saturday December 5th, 341mm of rain fell in 24 hours at Honister Pass.