Storm Eleanor prompts coastal flood warning

A MESSAGE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY:

“THIS evening and overnight Storm ‘Eleanor’ will bring a short period of disruptive winds to Cumbria and Lancashire which coincides with a period of high spring tides.

We are therefore currently forecasting to issued wide scale tidal flood alerts for the whole of the Cumbria coastline early this afternoon (Tuesday, January 2 2018) to warn for potential flooding to low lying land and roads.

Later this afternoon Flood Warnings were issued for areas along the coast where we forecast potential flooding of properties.

Tidal spray and onshore flooding may occur to roads and some properties along the coast may be affected.

People are warned to stay away from the coast.

Environment Agency officers are on the ground ensuring defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and wind directions.

In addition to the EA are also forecasting for a band of rain to pass through Cumbria this evening and into Wednesday morning, which has the potential for some river levels to reach Flood Alert thresholds.

We will continue to monitor the situation and issue Flood Alerts should the need arise.

Be flood ready. It is important that you are prepared for flooding and we encourage you to take 3 simple steps:-

  1. Sign up to Flood Warning Service to receive free flood warnings
  2. Know what to do when a flood warning is issued.  We encourage you have a personal flood plan for you and your family
  3. Keep an eye on the situation.  You can view at 5 day weather forecast and monitor river levels online at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/ andwww.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/

Further information is available on our website www.gov.uk/flood or by ringing Floodline on 0345 988 1188″