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The Environment Agency has issued 10 flood warnings and 14 flood alerts across Cumbria as rain continues to hit the county.

Fire crews were called in to drain water from six properties on Winderbrowe Avenue in Keswick after the floods.

A trailer and a 4×4 overturned in a strong wind on the A66, while a truck overturned on the Woodhead Pass.

Winds of up to 50 mph and heavy rain hit the busy road between Manchester and Sheffield.

And more than 20 schools in the area have closed due to the flooding.

South Lakeland District Council said it has sandbags at the Ulverston, Kendal and Ecclerigg depots.

The Environment Agency has put up temporary flood protection barriers at Braithwaite, near Keswick.

Police have warned drivers to avoid flooded roads.

A Cumbria Police spokesperson said: “Drivers are urged to be careful, slow down and do not attempt to drive on flooded roads.”

And Kendal and Lakes Police tweeted, “We’ve had a number of calls about vehicles going through flood water and getting stranded!”

“The message is clear, if it sounds too deep it probably is and find an alternate route. It’s not nice for us to push you out of the water!”

Bus services were canceled and train lines in Aspatria and between Oxenholme and Windermere were blocked due to flooding.

The Met Office has issued yellow wind and rain warnings for the area until Thursday morning.

The forecaster said heavy rains would continue in parts of northern England until Wednesday, but dissipate overnight.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Heavy rain overnight and this morning is expected to continue until today and into the evening.

“River levels on Dragley Beck and Town Beck are rising and have passed the flood warning threshold at Fitz Bridge.

“River levels will continue to rise throughout the day, but we expect precipitation to decrease in the evening.

“We have contractors and Environment Agency staff on the ground to help manage the situation.”


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