Heavy Rainfall potentially leading to Flooding issues in Cumbria

Alert message sent 26/10/2021 20:29:00

Information sent on behalf of The Environment Agency

Good Evening,
This is an information message from Environment Agency re potential inland flooding for parts of Cumbria from Heavy Rainfall affecting the County from early tomorrow morning Wednesday 27th October 2021 onwards through over into Friday. 29th October 2021. Met Office Weather Warnings for heavy rain for this period have been issued.

Unfortunately we are entering that time of year when disruptive rainfall events across Cumbria tend to take place. The rain is set to arrive in Cumbria later tonight and basically then sits over much of the county throughout tomorrow and into tomorrow night. Some heavy pulses of rain are inevitable, especially across the southwestern two thirds of the county. Some high totals are expected to build up across the high Lakeland Fells with localised totals of 140 to 180mm possible and 40-80mm rain throughout Wednesday even down at lower levels. It should be noted that there remains the potential for further appreciable rainfall totals during Thursday with the offending weather front never too far away. By the time we reach Friday the more persistent rain should eventually start to clear to the east but we remain in a very unsettled phase of the weather with further rain/showers inevitable over the course of the weekend.

A number of Flood Alerts for the Western and Southern Lakes have already been issued this evening as rivers and streams in those areas are likely to respond during the course of tomorrow Morning. We expect to issue further Flood Alerts for the remainder of the river catchments Cumbria through tomorrow and potentially a number of Flood Warnings from tomorrow afternoon and early evening onwards and on over into Thursday as rivers and lakes respond. Low-lying properties in areas not protected by Flood Defences will be most at risk and some significant localised issues are possible. Surface water on roads and/or drainage capacity being exceeded or blocked may also contribute to flooding issues throughout tomorrow and Thursday.

We are monitoring the situation closely and have been liaising closely with the Emergency Services, Councils, Highways, Utility companies and other key responders. Our Field Operations teams have been out on the ground proactively cleaning grids, debris screens and checking defences. Leaf fall and debris are an additional hazard at this time of year and can cause blockages on smaller watercourses and to drainage systems.      

Be flood ready. It is important that you are prepared for flooding and we encourage you to take 3 simple steps:- 
Sign up to Flood Warning Service to receive free flood warnings 
Know what to do when a flood warning is issued.  We encourage you have a personal flood plan for you and your family 
Keep an eye on the situation.  You can view at 5 day weather forecast and monitor river levels online at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/ and www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/ 
Further information is available on our website www.gov.uk/flood or by ringing Floodline on 0345 988 1188 
*Please note that this messaging system is not routinely monitored.  If you would like to respond to this message please e-mail CLfloodresilience@environment-agency.gov.uk 
Stay safe and remain flood aware.
Environment Agency Flood Warning Duty Officer 
Message sent by
David Snaith (Environment Agency, Flood Resilience Officer: PP and Community Engagement, Cumbria)

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