Flood Alert Info - Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk

Area Description

Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk and other watercourses, from Harrington to Annaside including low lying areas around Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Egremont, Gosforth, Eskdale and Bootle.

This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert Currently in Force

There are no Flood Alerts currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 3 Nov 2018 15:20
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
Persistent, heavy rainfall is currently affecting the area and will continue throughout this afternoon and into the evening. Currently the River Ehen is reacting to the rainfall and is forecast to stay high until later this evening. There is a possibility low lying land and roads will be affected until approximately 10pm when the river level will begin to recede. There is no indication at the moment that the river will reach flood warning thresholds. Remain safe, monitor your local weather conditions and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the day and overnight and this message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Oct 2018 07:59
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
River levels remain high following recent rainfall but will start to drop during Sunday. There are a few showers forecast on Sunday morning but no significant amount of rain is expected.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2018 21:47
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
There has been some intense rain through Saturday. While generally clearing overnight, there could still be some heavy outbursts. There remains a significant amount of surface water in the area. We will be closely monitoring the situation overnight and throughout tomorrow. We will update this message should the situation change.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2018 10:27
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
Rivers have risen following Friday and Saturday mornings rainfall and will continue to remain high throughout Saturday. We are expecting further heavy rain during Saturday which will keep rivers high. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2018 00:37
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
Rivers have risen following today’s rainfall and will continue to remain high throughout the evening. We are expecting more intense rain through the early hours of Saturday morning which will keep river levels high. Currently, the rivers are expected to peak late Saturday afternoon. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2018 18:19
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
Heavy rain is currently affecting the area, this will clear early evening returning later tonight and will continue throughout Saturday. The Rivers will react to this rainfall and will reach the Flood Alert level at approximately 06:45 hours. It is likely that the rivers will remain high throughout Saturday. We will be closely monitoring the situation overnight and throughout tomorrow. We will update this message should the situation change.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Aug 2018 08:45
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
Following overnight rain river levels have risen above Flood Alert levels and currently remain high. Rainfall is now clearing the region and river levels are forecast to begin to fall during Sunday 19th August 2018. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message if necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Aug 2018 16:16
River Ehen, Rive Calder, River Irt, River Esk
Heavy rainfall is forecast from the early hours of Sunday morning 19th August 2018 through to midday on the 19th August 2018. Current forecasts are showing that river levels in the area will react to this rainfall and go above Flood Alert levels at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, however flood warning levels are not expected to be achieved. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message if necessary. Rainfall is forecast to move steadily across the region during the morning and clear by Sunday afternoon.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2018 10:01
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
In the last couple of hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk Catchment areas. This has meant that Rivers in this area have started to rise. The main area of concern is the River Ehen at Egremont where levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect the river to remain high until around 14:00 today and at present we are not forecasting rivers to reach Flood Warning levels. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2018 09:43
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
In the last couple of hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk Catchment areas. This has meant that Rivers in this area have started to rise. The main area of concern is the River Ehen at Egremont where levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect the river to remain high until around 14:00 today and at present we are not forecasting rivers to reach Flood Warning levels. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Dec 2017 12:52
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Following heavy rain last night, rivers across Cumbria, especially in western and central areas, are high Rivers will continue to respond to today's continuing rain, but no flood warnings are expected. As the ground is very wet, this may lead to surface water flooding issues. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this alert in due course or if the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 25 Dec 2017 06:35
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Following persistent rainfall overnight river levels have continued to rise and are forecast to continue to rise throughout this morning. We are currently forecasting that rivers will not reach flood warning levels but will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message if necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Dec 2017 19:25
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Following persistent rainfall this afternoon, river levels have risen. At present we are not forecasting rivers to reach Flood Waning levels but we will continue to monitor the situation and update this message if necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Nov 2017 08:48
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Thursday 23 November is expected to be drier than Wednesday although some showers are still expected. River levels remain high, but have started to fall. We will continue to monitor river levels and will update this message in due course or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 20:56
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
River and lake levels have risen in response to the heavy and persistent rain experienced across the County. We will continue to receive showers with some heavy pulses during this evening until approximately 4 am tomorrow morning. The weather will then be mainly dry for the forthcoming days. A flood warning has been issued in this catchment however we do not anticipate any further warnings being required at this time. Staff have been on the ground operating and checking assets. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message when the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Nov 2017 15:24
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Heavy and persistent rain is expected across parts of northern England on Wednesday before gradually easing during Wednesday night. Many places will see 25 to 50 mm of rain, with around 100 mm possible over higher ground. Heavy rain will gradually clear eastwards during Wednesday night. There remains some uncertainty with regards to the exact location of the heaviest rain. Heavy rain will be accompanied by strong winds across many parts of the County. Rivers in Cumbria are currently very responsive to rainfall and river levels have risen as a result of rainfall last night. Levels have risen slightly through today, but will rise again this evening as further rain falls ahead of the main front tomorrow. River response expected from tomorrow morning with main impacts expected tomorrow afternoon and into the evening.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2017 16:02
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Locally heavy rain is forecast to continue throughout Friday evening before gradually clearing and easing during Saturday morning. River levels have begun to fall but localised flooding of low lying land and roads is still possible. Given the time of year, the risk of blockages on watercourses and drainage systems from falling leaf litter and branches is increased. Environment Agency operational teams have been clearing blockages on watercourses in preparation throughout this week. Environment Agency duty officers are monitoring rainfall, river and lake levels. We will update this message with updated forecast information in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2017 07:55
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Persistent, locally heavy rain is forecast to continue through Friday before gradually clearing and easing during Saturday morning. River and lake levels are expected to rise from early Friday morning and through Friday daytime as a result of the forecast rainfall, which could result in localised flooding of low lying land and roads. Given the time of year, the risk of blockages on watercourses and drainage systems from falling leaf litter and branches is increased. Environment Agency operational teams have been clearing blockages on watercourses in preparation throughout this week. Environment Agency duty officers are monitoring rainfall, river and lake levels. We will update this message with updated forecast information in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2017 17:33
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Heavy and persistent rainfall is forecast to arrive in Cumbria on Thursday evening and is due to continue through Friday before clearing on Saturday midday. River and lake levels are expected to rise from early Friday morning and through Friday daytime as a result of the forecast rainfall, which could result in localised flooding of low lying land and roads. Given the time of year, the risk of blockages on watercourses and drainage systems from falling leaf litter and branches is increased. Environment Agency operational teams have been clearing blockages on watercourses in preparation throughout this week. Environment Agency duty officers are monitoring rainfall, river and lake levels. We will update this message with updated forecast information in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Oct 2017 21:36
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
The heavy rainfall has now passed over Cumbria. This Flood Alert remains in force due to current river and lake levels and there may be localised flooding to low lying land and roads. We are constantly monitoring river and lake levels and have Environment Agency operational teams in the field checking and clearing blockages on watercourses. We will update this message with updated forecast information in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Oct 2017 13:38
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy and persistent rainfall throughout Cumbria. This has meant that river and lake Levels are now rising. The rainfall is forecast to continue through today (Wednesday 11th October 2017) into the early afternoon. This Flood Alert remains in force as a Flood Warning has been issued for the River Ehen at Egremont. We are constantly monitoring river and lake levels and have Environment Agency operational teams in the field checking and clearing blockages on watercourses. We will update this message with updated forecast information in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Oct 2017 16:32
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Heavy and persistent rainfall is forecast to arrive in Cumbria just before midnight, and is due to continue through Wednesday before clearing by mid-afternoon. Potentially significant rainfall accumulations are possible over high ground, which will be accompanied by strong winds. River and lake levels are expected to rise from early Wednesday morning and through Wednesday daytime as a result of the forecast rainfall, which could result in localised flooding of low lying land and roads. Given the time of year and the strong winds forecast, the risk of blockages on watercourses and drainage systems from falling leaf litter and branches is increased. Environment Agency operational teams have been clearing blockages on watercourses in preparation throughout Tuesday. Environment Agency duty officers are monitoring rainfall, river and lake levels closely. We will update this message with updated forecast information in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Sep 2017 15:06
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Persistent, heavy rainfall is forecast this evening Tuesday 12th September and will continue overnight into Wednesday morning. Rivers and lakes will react to the rain and are forecast to rise throughout the night. River levels will be at their highest between 03:00 and 06:00 on Wednesday morning. Remain safe, monitor your local weather conditions and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout and this message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Jun 2017 16:14
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Bursts of showery rain will continue across Cumbria, including South and West Lakes and the Cumbrian Pennines this afternoon. Towards 5pm, a band of rain will return northwards, bringing constant, often heavy rain throughout the night and until about mid-morning Tuesday. Rain will then continue most of Tuesday, but will become increasingly intermittent and less heavy. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message should the situation change.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Jun 2017 15:31
Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt & Esk
Bursts of showery rain will continue across Cumbria, including South and West Lakes and the Cumbrian Pennines this afternoon. Towards 5pm, an envelope of rain will return northwards, bringing constant, often heavy rain throughout the night and until about mid-morning Tuesday. Rain will then continue most of Tuesday, but will become increasingly intermittent and less heavy. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this message should the situation change.