RESIDENTS breathed a sigh of relief as heavy rain led to water inching close to homes.

South Cumbria was battered by hours of heavy rain on Monday as it came under a yellow weather warning from The Met Office. 

And The Environment Agency put out flood alerts for rivers across Cumbria, including the River Kent.

The Westmorland Gazette: Rinkfield.Rinkfield. (Image: Jonny Gios)

Jonny Gios, from Kendal, said on Monday water was close to residential properties on Rinkfield.

"The River Kent peaked at 2.7m. I visited Rinkfield yesterday after seeing pictures of the field flooded. This happens on a frequent basis, but this I believe is being resolved with South Lakeland Council and Cumbria County Council", said Jonny Gios.

"The public needs to be aware of the consistent message of not driving through flood water more than 30cm as your car will float. Especially when it is dark often it is more difficult to see flood water."

The Westmorland Gazette: Rinkfield, in Kendal.Rinkfield, in Kendal. (Image: Jonny Gios)

On Tuesday the Environment Agency put out flood alerts for the Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster from Grasmere to Grange, including Ambleside, Skelwith Bridge, Windermere, Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Backbarrow, Cark and Cartmel. Flood alerts were also put out for the Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck from Coniston to Barrow. 

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Flood warnings and alerts were issued by the Environment Agency meaning that flooding was possible and to take action. A number of these alerts and warnings are still in place.

"The Environment Agency advises people to stay away from swollen rivers and urge people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.

"With further rain expected over the weekend people should check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgencynw on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

The flood alert for River Kent was removed on Wednesday morning.