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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 February, 2004, 21:11 GMT
County 'still at risk from flooding'
Cammock Beck near Upperby
Drivers are being warned of severe floodwater
Heavy rain is continuing to cause flooding and disruption in Cumbria.

The Environment Agency has warned that some homes could be flooded in Carlisle because the level of the River Eden has just peaked.

Throughout Tuesday, most parts of the county were affected with schools closed and some drivers were forced to abandon their cars.

Properties in the Grange-over-Sands were affected by flooding for the third time since Christmas.

In Kendal, police warned children to stay away from the river Kent, which has burst its banks in places.

Rain forecast

Flood Watches were still in place in Kendal and Keswick.

Cumbria Police also urged motorists to take extra care near Helsington on the A591.

And Network Rail says there were delays on the West Coast Main Line because of the bad weather in the county.

Weather experts say the south and west of the county are likely to be worst hit with more heavy rain forecast for Wednesday.

Swollen river Kent in Kendal
The River Kent in Kendal has been swollen by torrential rain

A police spokesman said: "Spray and standing water on roads is making driving treacherous.

"We would urge drivers not to tackle long stretches of deep water and to slow down, allowing extra time for journeys.

"Roads in the south of the county are particularly affected."

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "Trains are being slowed down to five miles per hour at Grayrigg and Oubeck on the Lancashire/Cumbria border.

"The Windermere branch line is also closed because of flooding."

The Met Office is forecasting more heavy rain for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Environment Agency is advising anyone with concerns about flooding to contact its Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or to use the agency website.


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