Flood alerts issued for rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster in South Lakeland as rain set to continue (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Flood alerts issued for rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster in South Lakeland as rain set to continue
THREE rivers in South Lakeland are on flood alert this afternoon.
Heavy rain has left the rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster all at risk, say the Environment Agency.
Flooding is a risk in the Satterthwaite, Grizedale and eastern side of Coniston Water.
However, a flood alert is the lowest of the agency's warning system and is issued to advise that flooding is only a possibility.
Flood alert are also in place for the rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk in the west of the county and the River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water at Keswick.
Cumbria Police have said motorists should take care on the county’s roads - particularly in west Cumbria which has seen a lot of rain.
Police say no roads have been closed but motorists should allow extra time for their journey, slow down and not to attempt to drive through flooded roads.
Those in flood risk areas are advised to keep a check on the Environment Agency website here http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Northwest&Severity=3
The Environment Agency reported this morning: "The last 24 hours have seen heavy rainfall in the rivers Brathay, Rothay & Winster. This has meant the rivers are now rising.
"The weather outlook is for lighter rain into the afternoon and evening. It is expected that the rivers will remain at a high level and may even rise further, though at this stage no property flooding is forecast. We are constantly monitoring river levels."
Motorists can keep up-to-date with the situation at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map.
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