Flood Alert Info - Upper River Eden

Area Description

River Eden and other watercourses, from Kirkby Stephen to Temple Sowerby including low lying areas around Brough, Warcop, Great Ormside and Appleby.
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 History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 21:06
River Eden
The River Eden remains high at Kirkby Stephen, Great Musgrave and Appleby River Level gauges. Low lying areas along the rivers will be affected. Light showers are expected overnight and in to Sunday. Levels will begin to fall this evening and we are not expecting to issue any Flood Warnings. We are monitoring the situation. This message will be updated on the morning of 17/03/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Mar 2019 11:13
River Eden
The Rivers Eden and surrounding tributaries are beginning to rise due to the rain that started in the early hours of this morning. High Levels at Kirkby Stephen River Level Gauge are now being seen at Great Musgrave River Level gauge. This means the River Eden at Appleby is seeing the start of river levels rising also. Low lying areas along the rivers will be affected. Currently, we are expecting the rain to continue into the afternoon of 16/03/19 with some heavy showers in places. This is followed by lighter showers into the evening. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation and are not expecting to issue and Flood Warnings at this time. This message will be updated on the afternoon of 16/03/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Mar 2019 13:23
River Eden
River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Appleby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding is reducing. Low lying land and roads in the Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Warcop, Great Asby, Great Ormside, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Bolton, Crosby Ravensworth and Morland areas may be affected. High river levels are possible on the River Eden and its tributaries. Further showers are forecast for the rest of the day, with further heavy rainfall and strong winds expected overnight into Wednesday morning. We do not currently expect any flood warnings to be issued. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing trash screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 12/03/19, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Mar 2019 04:38
River Eden
River levels are rising at the Appleby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and farmland is possible throughout today, 12/03/2019. Low lying land and roads in the area may be affected. High river levels are possible on the River Eden, Scandal Beck, Swindale Beck, Crooks Beck, Asby Beck, River Lyvennet, Morland Beck and their tributaries. Our staff are checking defences. We have been in contact with the community group. Water from the river may reach the footpath along The Sands. Most of the forecast rain is expected to clear by 8am on Tuesday 12/03/19 but we expect river levels remain high throughout the day. We are monitoring the situation. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2019 18:40
River Eden
River levels are forecast to rise at the Appleby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and farmland is possible between 04:45am and 17:00pm tomorrow, 12/03/2019. Low lying land and roads in the area may be affected. High river levels are possible on the River Eden, Scandal Beck, Swindale Beck, Crooks Beck, Asby Beck, River Lyvennet, Morland Beck and their tributaries. Our staff are checking defences. We have been in contact with the community group and are providing updates on the situation. Water from the river may reach the footpath along The Sands and the flood warning for this area may be issued tomorrow morning. The rain is forecast to continue overnight and during tomorrow and we expect river levels to rise until the early hours of 12/03/19. We are monitoring the situation. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2019 14:49
River Eden
River levels have now started to reduce around the Appleby area, however, with further bands of rain forecast this afternoon, a Flood Alert will remain in place until these have passed. Low lying land and roads in the Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Warcop, Great Asby, Great Ormside, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Bolton, Crosby Ravensworth and Morland areas may be affected.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2019 06:10
River Eden
River levels are forecast to rise at the Appleby river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible to begin between 09:00 and 15:00 today, 06/03/19. Low lying land and roads in the Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Warcop, Great Asby, Great Ormside, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Bolton, Crosby Ravensworth and Morland areas may be affected. High river levels are possible on the River Eden, Scandal Beck, Swindale Beck, Crooks Beck, Asby Beck, River Lyvennet, Morland Beck and their tributaries. We expect river levels to rise until 15:00 on 06/03/19. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff have cleared grids in the area. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2019 12:05
River Eden
River levels remain high at the Appleby river gauge as a result of the rainfall over the last two days. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible during Saturday 09/02/19. Low lying land and roads in the Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Warcop, Great Asby, Great Ormside, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Bolton, Crosby Ravensworth and Morland areas will be affected. High river levels are possible on the River Eden, Scandal Beck, Swindale Beck, Crooks Beck, Asby Beck, River Lyvennet, Morland Beck and their tributaries. Some further showers are forecast but river levels may fall during the day. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated Saturday afternoon 09/02/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Feb 2019 16:54
River Eden
River levels have risen at the Appleby river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible between now and into Saturday 09/02/19. Low lying land and roads in the Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Warcop, Great Asby, Great Ormside, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Bolton, Crosby Ravensworth and Morland areas will be affected. High river levels are possible on the River Eden, Scandal Beck, Swindale Beck, Crooks Beck, Asby Beck, River Lyvennet, Morland Beck and their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast overnight into Saturday. We expect river levels to rise until Saturday afternoon. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff have been clearing debris screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water. This message will be updated Saturday morning 09/02/2019, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Oct 2018 21:48
River Eden
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 Eden
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 Eden
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 18:10
River Eden
Heavy rain is currently affecting the area, this will clear early evening returning later tonight and will continue throughout Saturday. The River Eden will react to this rainfall and will reach the Flood Alert level at around 10.30pm tonight. It is likely that the river will rise overnight peaking close to the flood warning threshold around 3am. The river will start to fall following the peak but will rise again with rainfall forecast 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 21 Sep 2018 10:04
River Eden
Following the heavy rain through the night the River Eden remains high. We are expecting more heavy showers through the day, but do not anticipate the river to rise any higher. The river levels will peak shortly and will continue to fall throughout the day. We continue to monitor the situation and have staff checking for any debris.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Sep 2018 19:55
River Eden
Persistent, heavy rainfall is currently affecting the area and will continue throughout the evening with the heaviest rain expected between 8pm and midnight Thursday 20th September. This will be followed by a period of showers into tomorrow morning Friday 21st September. Rivers are beginning to react to the rain and are forecast to continue to rise throughout the night, however rivers are not forecast to reach flood warning levels. Low lying areas are likely to be affected between 0400hrs to 0900hrs. River levels are currently expected to peak around 0700hrs. Be aware of your local surroundings, remain safe and monitor your local weather conditions. We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the night. This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Jan 2018 09:14
River Eden
Following heavy rainfall overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday morning river levels remain high. Flooding of low lying land and roads may be possible as a result. Further showers are forecast through Wednesday and Thursday, however rainfall totals are minimal. We do not expect river levels to reach Flood Warning thresholds. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will update this message in due course.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Jan 2018 18:43
River Eden
The weather overnight Tuesday will be fairly unsettled with some potentially heavy rain and strong winds. Combined with this forecast for heavy rainfall, snowmelt is an additional factor in causing river levels to rise above the Flood alert threshold and flooding to low lying land and roads is possible. Further showers are expected throughout the day on Wednesday and we are continuing to monitor the situation and will update if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Nov 2017 08:44
River Eden
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 21:06
River Eden
River 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. Staff have been on the ground closing flood gates in Appleby. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this message when the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Nov 2017 15:06
River Eden
Heavy and persistent rain is expected across parts of northern England on Wednesday before gradually easing during Wednesday night. Many places will see 25-50 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 11 Oct 2017 21:39
River Eden
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 12:43
River Eden
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 river and lake levels continue to rise and levels suggest that 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 10 Oct 2017 16:24
River Eden
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 15:04
River Eden
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.