UPDATE: Warnings are no longer in force for the rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent from Bassenthwaite Lake to the coast at Workington. (24/6/2012)
The map above shows a summery of the Flood Guidance Statement. The detail can be found by clicking on the map. Further rainfall through today and tonight is not expected to cause further significant impacts in these areas generally, although these are still possible. Below is a statement from the regional Met Office advisor.
The effects of the last 24 to 30 hours’ rainfall continue to be felt across the region and the remnants of the persistent rainband that has caused the flooding are still in evidence on the radar across the far north of Cumbria, an additional band of rain having taken its place overnight and currently straggling a good part of Cumbria and the far north of Lancashire. The Flood Guidance Statement was re-issued last night with Cumbria upgraded to Amber as river levels continued to rise and it is anticipated that the Flood Risk across Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester will be held at Amber for the time being to reflect the ongoing situation in the worst-affected areas.
As for the weather today those areas of rain referred to above should weaken in intensity and contract further through this morning although it may never become a completely dry picture across the region with ‘bits and pieces’ of mostly light rain still scattered around even through this afternoon. Attention then moves to this evening when the next weather system will spread further rain back across all parts of the Northwest. Although some heavier rain is possible for a time, the system will be moving through at a much quicker rate than the current one and the rainfall totals resulting from it will be much reduced compared to what we have seen in the past 24 hours. Colleagues at the Environment Agency and Flood Forecasting Centre have been assessing the potential impact of this rain upon the river network and this morning’s Flood Guidance Statement, shown above reflects their analysis. The full statement can be found by clicking on the map.
It should be turning drier from the west during the early hours of Sunday morning and although there will be a few showers developing through the course of Sunday, the picture overall should be a steadily-improving one with a good deal of dry, bright weather ensuing. The improvement should be sustained through Monday which currently looks dry and bright with some welcome sunshine.
Alan Goodman; Met Office Advisor (Civil Contingencies)