Flood-Hit Cumbria Prepares For More Rain

Flood-Hit Cumbria Prepares For More Rain

Residents of flood-ravaged Cumbria are being warned to brace themselves for a second weekend of potential flooding, with more rain expected across the county.

River levels are still high from last weekend's flooding & this means that, although just 1.5in of rain is forecast for Cumbria today, there is a risk of flooding.

Snow is moreover forecast for the Cumbrian Fells, the Pennines & the Peak District

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning & a spokesman warned that it would not take "an dreadful lot of rain" for rivers to overflow, as many did last weekend, ruining homes & businesses after Storm Desmond.

Areas likely to be affected this weekend include Carlisle, Keswick, Cockermouth, Appleby, Kendal & Glenridding, along with St Michael's in Lancashire.

Rain was expected to start falling from around 7am this morning until mid-afternoon, with approximately 3-5mm of patchy rain on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the flooded market town of Keswick continues its clean-up after 200 homes were deluged & 600 people were forced to head for temporary accommodation.

But shop owners say Keswick is still open for business, despite the recovery work going on around them.

In Cockermouth, residents opened the Taste Cumbria event on Friday evening with a lantern parade.

Diane Wood, chief executive of Cumbria County Council, said: "I want to be clear that while there's a lot to do, Cumbria is very much up & open for business.

"I have no doubt that with the resilience & resourcefulness of the Cumbria communities we'll emerge from this even stronger."

Source: “Sky News”