You may be aware that the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain for Cumbria and Lancashire from 9.00am tomorrow (Thursday 29 October) until midnight this Friday evening. We are also expecting another band of heavy persistent rain during Saturday and then further rain on Sunday morning. At this stage it is too early to tell which areas will be affected the most.
We have issued a yellow flood warning for Cumbria and Lancashire from Thursday up to and including Sunday. We are currently forecasting a low chance of both flooding to property and impacts on transport. This may change as the weather pattern evolves.
Based on the current forecast we are expecting to issue several flood alerts and possible flood warnings for Cumbria and Lancashire from tomorrow and over the weekend. The rain will be sweeping over the two counties in a series of 3 bands. We currently believe that river levels should have a chance to drop in between breaks in the rain.
We are prepared and ready to install temporary barriers and we are expecting to operate our flood basins. Our teams are on 24 hour standby and ready to respond.
We continue to monitor coastal and river levels closely and are working with local authorities and partners to reduce the risk of flooding. Our teams are out on the ground working 24/7 clearing grids, checking defences and making sure our pumping stations are working. We are ready and prepared to respond to any flooding incidents in a socially distanced way.
We urge people in your constituency to check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgencyNW and #floodaware on Twitter. Please feel free to highlight these information sources via your own social media.
We also advise people to take care on coastal paths, stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.
I hope this information is useful to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries during office hours. For any queries out of office hours, please ring the Floodline number on 0345 988 1188.
Area Engagement Officer
Cumbria and Lancashire