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Flood alert issued

We are aware that a Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent.

They say flooding is possible but this is only for low level land - not at property level and the risk is currently very low. We've seen the worst of the rain and there is hardly any scheduled for the rest of the day (a 50% possibility of light rain between 11 and 12pm. It is due to be fine all day tomorrow.

River levels are high on the Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent due to recent heavy rainfall and so the flood alert is automatically triggered for example to allow farmers to move animals away from rivers etc. According to the EA forecasts the Cocker has already reached its projected peak and shouldn't go any higher.

We are going to go out and about to check the levels, and the Environment agency are currently clearing debris from weed screens in the area and will continue to monitor levels closely. If you do see any blocked drains do report these to Allerdale Borough Council. In the meantime, avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water. Should we have any further reason for concern, we will of course advise

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