Press release

Flood risk recedes across northern England

Work continues to help communities recover from recent flooding.

Environment Agency clearing a river in Carlisle
Environment Agency clearing a river in Carlisle

This news item is not being updated. Read Winter flooding 2015: community support for current information.

The flood risk is receding across northern England, but the Environment Agency is asking people to remain alert to the risk of flooding as river levels remain high and further rain is expected later in the week.

The improving situation has meant that many flood warnings – and all severe flood warnings – for rivers in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire have been removed.

The Environment Agency currently has 9 flood warnings in place (as of 3pm, 14 December). Due to high river levels there remains a low risk of flooding along parts of the River Ouse in York and parts of the River Severn in Shropshire.

Environment Agency teams are working 24/7 with local partners to support recovery efforts in flood hit communities. The Environment Agency is carrying out structural inspections of flood defences across Cumbria – including at Cockermouth, Keswick, Kendal and Carlisle as well as on the Lower River Aire in Yorkshire.

Latest figures show that that Environment Agency flood schemes protected over 11,000 homes.

The public are asked to remain alert to the risk of flooding with further rain is expected to fall on parts of northern England on Wednesday into Thursday

Alison Baptiste, Environment Agency flood risk manager, said:

Flooding has a devastating impact on communities and business. We are doing everything we can to reduce the impacts of flooding and to support those communities while they get back on their feet.

The flood risk is now receding, but we urge people to remain alert as further rain is expected later in the week.

People can check the Environment Agency website for the latest information and sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0345 988 1188.

Published 14 December 2015