Press release

Environment Agency warns of ongoing flood threat in northern England

Environment Agency is urging communities in northern England to remain vigilant against the threat of flooding.

River Kent, Kendal
The River Kent in Kendal

There are flood warnings in place across northern parts of the country. The severe flood warnings in Cumbria have now been lifted.

Further persistent, localised heavy rainfall is expected throughout Sunday and into Monday and river levels remain extremely high and are continuing to rise in places. The risk remains highest for Cumbria, parts of Lancashire and western parts of North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. The outlook for the rest of the week remains unsettled.

Over 180mm of rain fell overnight in some places and 15,000 properties were protected across the country by Environment Agency flood schemes, including several hundred properties thanks to the deployment of temporary demountable defences.

Environment Agency teams remain out in force round the clock maintaining flood defences, clearing river blockages, and monitoring river levels.

The public are urged not to drive through flood water. The Police in Cumbria are advising against all but essential road travel.

Neil Davies, Environment Agency Flood Risk Duty Manager, said:

Communities in northern England should remain vigilant to the risk of flooding. Further heavy, persistent rain is expected throughout Sunday and into Monday and river levels remain extremely high and are continuing to rise in places.

15,000 properties have been protected from flooding thanks to Environment Agency flood schemes. We will continue to work closely with the emergency services and partners, and our teams on the ground will continue to work around the clock maintaining flood defences, clearing river blockages, and monitoring river levels.

You can keep up to date with the latest situation or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest updates.

Published 15 November 2015