FLOOD alerts have been issued across South Lakeland, Furness and Eden following sustained rainfall.

The Environment Agency is warning residents and emergency responders across the county amid fears over river and surface water flooding.

Alerts for Cumbria rivers include: the Kent, Bela, Brathay, Rothay, Winster, Duddon, Crake, Eden, Lowther and Eamont,

Steve Moore, regional director for the North West Environment Agency, said: “We are urging people to be vigilant as wet weather is expected to affect the North West region tonight.

“We advise people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding. We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.”

For the latest information: The latest flood warnings, updated every 15 minutes, can be found at: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx